“Optimism is the Faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can not be done without hope and confidence.”–Helen Keller
What is faith? According to Merriam-Webster, faith is:
- allegiance to duty or a person–loyalty; fidelity to one’s promises; sincerity of one’s intentions
- belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust
- something that is believed with strong conviction, especially a system of religious beliefs; faith without question
Examples of faith could be:
- Light switch: You go into a dark room. You turn on the light switch; but before you do this, you know that if you turn it on, there will be light. A glimmer of faith.
- Chair: The chair represents faith so that when you sit down on it, you believe that the chair will hold you and that it won’t break.
There are countless scriptures in the Word of God that tell us what faith is and who our faith is to be in–God:
Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV) In this particular chapter, Paul gives us examples of individuals who lived by faith: By faith Abel; by faith Enoch; by faith Noah; by faith Abraham; by faith Isaac; by faith Jacob; by faith Joseph; by faith Moses; by faith the people passed through the Red Sea; by faith the walls of Jericho fell down as well as countless others are listed because of their faith in God.
Romans 10:17: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (NIV)
II Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (NIV)
Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV)
Mark 11:22: “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. (NIV)
I Corinthians 2:5: “So that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (NIV)
I Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage, be strong.” (NIV)
Romans 1:17: “The righteous will live by faith.” (NIV)
Galatians: 4:4-6: “There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called one hope when you were called–one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in all.” (NIV)
So why do so many people struggle with a “lack of faith?”
According to GotQuestions.com, many people struggle with a lack of faith because “we follow our perceptions of what is true rather than what we know to be true in faith.”
As Christians, our faith is based on our belief in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. His Word is a testimony of His faithfulness and His promise to us is actual evidence of our faith and hope in God (Hebrews 6:17-20: “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (NIV)
“The main reason we struggle with faith is that we don’t truly know the God in whom we profess to have faith.”–GotQuestions.com
In order to “know” God and “have faith in God”, we need to know Him by spending more time in His Word and getting to know Him in a more intimate way by conversing with Him through prayer and listening to His “still, small voice.” In other words, we need to spend time in God’s presence on a daily basis. We don’t have to spend hours on our knees. The song, “In The Garden”, says that “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own.” God can only become more real in your life if you allow Him to “walk and talk with you.”
God is standing at the door “knocking and asking” for you to let Him in–to get to know you more–and make Himself more real in your lives.
In conclusion, I want to leave you with Paul’s prayerful words to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 3:14-19: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through FAITH. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)
May the Lord bless each and every one of you as you grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” for you.