This week we’re continuing the series on believing and faith.
This week’s quote:
Faith is to believe what you do not yet see.
The reward for this faith is to see what you believe.
Last week we discussed belief. Remember, the definition of belief is to accept something as true or to accept the evidence that something is true. Faith, on the other hand, is defined as, “confidence or trust in a person or thing.”
The definition is also biblically accurate. The original New Testament Greek word is “pistis,” which is translated as, “confidence, trust, faith, or reliance on.”
Think of a parent and child. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the child doesn’t ask for a DNA test. He simply believes the parent, he accepts the parent’s word as true. The child also has faith in the parent – he trusts his parent will feed him, clothe him, love him, and protect him. In general, parents fulfill these needs and earn the child’s trust.
Likewise, think of hiring a new mechanic. Do you automatically trust him? Probably not. The trust has to be earned. If he consistently treats you fairly, deals with you honestly, charges a fair price, and performs the work as promised, then over time he will earn your trust.
Our relationship with God, our Heavenly Father, is much the same. We accept certain evidence that God exists, and thus we believe in Him. But, what about faith? In Mark 11:22, Jesus says, “Have faith in God,” or literally, “Trust in God.” Do we have reason to trust in God. Has he consistently fulfilled His promises?
Hebrews 11 lists many examples of God fulfilling His promises by faith. One notable example is Abraham. He trusted in God and the promise that he would be the father of many nations, even though he was almost 100 years old and his wife, Sarah, was barren. He never doubted God’s promise, but was strengthened by faith (Romans 4:17:20).
How Does This Apply To Us?
So, what has God promised us? Has God promised us that life will be easy; that every little hope and desire will come true; that we’ll never have sorrows or tragedies; that we’ll never have physical, emotional, or mental pain; that He will fix all our problems; that He will feed all our hungry, house all our homeless, heal our sick, or end all war? No. God hasn’t promised that He will do what we can, and should, do for ourselves.
This thought reminds me of a point in the movie To Save a Life. When asked why God doesn’t just “fix it,” Chris, the Pastor, replies ‘I wonder if God doesn’t ask the same question of us’.
What does God promise? One of His greatest promises can be found in Hebrews 13:5, “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” If we follow Jesus with all our heart, mind, and strength; and if we “keep the faith,” or, “trust in Him,” then when we suffer, when we experience loss, when we have tragedy, He will surround us with people who love and comfort us, care for us, bring us healing, and help us in some way.
Another promise is that “…God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Notice the word “need.” This doesn’t mean that God will waive a magic wand and “poof,” there’s a new car sitting in the driveway. It means God will supply, in some way and in some fashion, everything we need. To this end, God has graced us with the ability and the power to love, to show compassion, to heal, and to forgive. If we learn how to truly be open to these gifts, and to fully utilize them, we can feed the hungry, house the homeless, heal the sick, and end our wars.
Finally, if we keep the faith, or trust in Him, God has promised us eternal life (John 10:28, John 11:25 & 26, Romans 6:23). Now, God does not promise the path to eternal life will be easy, or free from trouble. There will be obstacles and some suffering along the way. But, He does promise that no matter how long it takes, or what troubles we may face, He won’t abandon us or forget us – He will always be with us and we will never be left alone.
Let’s take another look at our quote, this time in a slightly different way. When we trust in what we accept as true, even though we don’t see it (God); our reward for our trust is to see God all around us and, ultimately, to be with Him in eternal life.
- Mark 11:22
- Hebrews 11
- Romans 4:17-20
- Hebrews 13:5
- John 10:28
- John 11:25 & 26
- Romans 6:23
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