Read: Hebrews 11:8
If you google quotes about faith, you would find over 70,600,000 (yes, over seventy million) websites listed. One of my favorites says “Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.” So true! Another favorite certainly speaks to this modern day and culture… “Faith is like Wi-Fi, it’s invisible, but it has the power to connect you to what you need.” I love that! Clearly Jesus is what I need. He is what the world needs and only by faith can we connect to Him. Look with me now as we discuss the seventh piece of fruit in our fruit bowl, faith.
The Greek word for faith is pistis. It means “trust, confidence, assurance, belief, fidelity.” Fidelity means “faith to a person, cause or belief demonstrated by continual loyalty and support.” This provides an apt description of what our relationship with God can be. We should be full of belief in Him and have confidence in all that He promises. Because the Spirit of God lives in us, it is possible to be fully confident of all He promises.
Abraham was a man in the Old Testament who demonstrated fidelity toward God. In the Old Testament, a man named Abraham demonstrated fidelity towards God. He had faith when God told him to pick up and move. I know many of you have done that when God geographically moved you, but there is a key difference. God didn’t tell Abraham where he would end up. He just said “Go”, and Abraham went.
Abraham again demonstrated faith when his wife was barren in childbirth, but God told him he would be the father of many. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, had been unable to have children. Strangely enough, Abraham believed God when He told him that He would make Abraham the father of many. And in her old age, Sarah, gave birth to a son, Isaac. The biggest test of faith was when God told Abraham to sacrifice this same son, and Abraham set out to do just that with the faith that the Lord would provide another path. And He did. Hebrews 11:17-20 NLT says, "It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead."
Recently my own family has come to a period of our faith being tested. My dad’s health has declined and is now in a nursing home facility. We have a choice to either believe God knows what He is doing, that He knows exactly what is coming next, and that He is taking care of my dad OR become bitter about the circumstances, doubt, and drift away from God. I have spent many nights and days with him over the last seven weeks. Sometimes at night I question God as I watch my dad sleep. I don’t think God minds my questions. I am simply asking some questions and asking for His guidance. I believe God. I trust Him. I have faith in Him. I know that God works all things together for good and this new normal with my dad is no exception.
Many of you may be struggling with a new normal. Your marriage is not what you want it to be. Your closest friend just betrayed you. Your child is struggling. Your job is really difficult. Faith is not just wishful thinking about your new normal, but it is choosing to believe that God is sovereign and that He cares for you and loves you deeply.
Another faith quote says, “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” We do not see the whole picture of our circumstances, but God does. He asks us to take our lives day by day and step by step.
Romans 4:22 continues the faith story of Abraham. “And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in Him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God.” NLT
Abraham gave us an amazing example of faith. It was because of his belief in God that he was made right with God. It is the same for us. We place our faith in the work of Jesus Christ, and we too are made right with God for all eternity. Is this your next step of faith? Do you need to declare your faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to be brought into a relationship with the living God? Or is God asking you to take a different step of faith?
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