What is faith? Why do we need faith? What does faith actually look like? As a Christian we hear this word being thrown around religiously (lol ironic). It’s inscribed in the Bible multiple times, it’s in our praises we sing to God, and it’s uttered almost on a daily basis. But do we actually know what it means to be faithful? Do we put our Faith in God even when we think we might not need to. Lucky for you, today’s blog will touch on all of this.
I suppose I’ll begin with what the word “faith” actually means. By dictionary definition faith means: “confidence or trust in a person or thing,” “the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved” (Dictionary.com). There were a multitude of definitions for faith, 7 to be exact, but those two were the ones that stood out to me most. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith is the result of believing in God and believing in the gospel–the news that Jesus died for our sins and made a way for us to be made new, clean, and right with God. Faith causes us to act upon things we have yet to experience. It allows us to believe in the promises of our Lord God and His word. It gives us trust and it gives us hope, even when we do not yet know the answer.
Now that you know what faith is, how many times can you honestly say you’ve trusted and had faith in Gods plans for you even when His answer was no? Even when His answer was wait–I have something better in store. We are human, and part of that means we hunger for the “yes’s” in life. We want to be told that we can have everything we want in life with no consequence and without someone telling us “no.” When God says “no,” we beg and we plead for Him to change his response, we want Him to say yes. That leaves us with this: when all the begging and pleading is done, we’re left with the choice–to either obey God and His answer, or offend Him. I can think of many times I prayed specifically to God, thinking I knew exactly how things should play out to lead to the life I wanted for myself. I thought I was being so honest and genuine in these requests but looking back, I can see what I was ultimately doing was taking control away from God. I wanted what I wanted and not Gods best for me. We all need to take the time to humble ourselves and realize God won’t always answer our prayers with the “yes” responses we hope for. He doesn’t operate like we do, think like we think, or move like we expect. He is so much more than our minds and hearts can comprehend, and realizing his power and love for us will often become a mind blowing realization. He wants to pour out His perfect love on us, He wants to comfort us, and He wants to move in our lives in a way that is for our good and his glory, but we have to trust that He knows best in all of it–because He does.
God’s ways are incomprehensible: “‘My thoughts are completely different from yours, says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine . . . my ways [are] higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8–9). We are so precious to God that His highest thoughts are about us; they can’t be counted (Psalm 139:17–18). Knowing and believing that God is our Father makes it easier to relinquish control to Him. To trust in Him fully, even when we might not want to. There will be times when our faith in God requires us to believe in the impossible. In the Bible, Sarah and Mary both experienced impossible circumstances. Though barren, at 90, Sarah became pregnant, fulfilling God’s promise as well as an oath (Hebrews 6:17–18). Abraham’s descendants would multiply into countless millions. God’s promises bring hope. In fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14, the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary (Luke 1:31–32). Through an innocent girl, the Savior of mankind entered the world. In every case, faith in God requires us to anticipate answers that are infinite and eternal — believing all things are possible.
In two of my favorite Christian songs: “Oceans”-Hillsong united and “Even If”–MercyMe, the lyrics speak about trusting in God “when oceans rise,” and “even if you don’t” [fufill my requests]. When God doesn’t fulfill our promises or He gives an answer we aren’t expecting we want to walk away. But, what if for once you say “okay God, I’m trusting in your plans because they are good and right for me.” What if instead of questioning Gods response we accept it and thank Him. I’ve never had anything but positive results by following Gods plans for my life and neither should you.
Choosing this life with Jesus is a beautiful, exciting, and amazing experience. It’s joyful, promising, and so so rewarding. Living a life with God at your side doesn’t make you perfect, Lord knows I’ve made many mistakes over the years–but with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, I am made new each and every time. How lucky am I to serve a God who is alive and loves all of His children abundantly. Our faith in God intensifies when we accept Him into our lives. I encourage you all to listen and accept Gods response, even if the answer is not what you intended it to be. Trust in Him. He will never lead you astray. “I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in the earthly body by trusting the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
I hope you loved this blog!! As always, if you have any questions about this whole Jesus thing or really anything in general you can always shoot me an email, I’d be glad to answer any questions you have. I hope you have a Blessed Sunday and a wonderful Easter–HE IS RISEN!!!