What is Faith?

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof and as “a belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” The Bible says it is the hope of things not yet seen and that God gives everyone a measure of faith. It is the positive belief that everything will turn out for the best, even when things seem hopeless.

We all have some faith, whether we realize it or not. We have faith that our car will start, that the sun will come up every morning, that the chair we are sitting on will hold us, that the plane will land and arrive safely. Yes, we all have faith, albeit in different degrees.

My question is what are you putting your faith in today? Your job? Your 401k? Your relationships? Your home ? Your health?

Well guess what? All of these things can be taken from us in the blink of an eye. Just look at all the people who have lost homes, families, possessions from floods, hurricanes, economic downturn and war.

What then do we have left to hold on to?

Something that can never be taken away or destroyed. Something that is constant, faithful, and trustworthy in every circumstance. Someone.

That someone is our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Now I know that might be a stretch for some of you, but that’s why this blog is entitled “Journey to Faith”. We are all on a journey and it is a journey to know God. You can call him whatever you wish. That’s not the point here. The point is about faith – learning to walk by faith and not by sight. If you want to put it in today’s terms – you can say learning the law of attraction. But I’ll talk about that another time.

However you want to define it, one thing I know–I can’t live without my God and my Lord. What about you? You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. When you’ve tried it all, try God. He is “the real thing”!

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)