“Continue to have faith and do what you know is right. Some people have rejected this, and their faith has been shipwrecked” (1 Timothy 1:19).
Faith is one of those feelings that are either black or white, you either have faith in someone or something or you don’t. There is no grey area with faith. To have faith means to have trust, to have belief, to have confidence, all with the commitment and understanding that sometimes proof and evidence may not be accounted for. This is why we say sometimes that a person can have blind faith, though a faith that is blind without commitment can lead to a big fall-out. But blind faith with conviction and total trust, belief and confidence can save a soul or cure an illness or even make a wish come true. As a blind man sat on the streets near the town of Jericho, his faith in the Lord caused him to shout out loud, “Son of David! Have mercy on me! …I want to see…” (Luke 18:38, 39). And because of his faith alone he was able to see. In the same way, the faith of some people who brought a paralyzed man, lying on a bed, to the edge of Lake Galilee just so he’d be close to Jesus and there by receive healing, moved the Lord so greatly that he said, “Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven. …get up, pick up your bed and go home” (Mathew 9:6). Similarly, the woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years whose faith told her if she could merely touch the edge of Jesus’ cloak, then she’d hear him say, “Courage, my daughter! Your faith has made you well” (Mathew 9:22). These life examples are so many.
And though we’ve only reflected here about a person’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the same rules and outcomes can be had with faith in any relationship or life situation. That is what marriage is based on, for two people who do not know all of life’s uncertainties; their love still gives them courage to take that leap of faith into marital bliss; that takes commitment. And for the parents who have raised their children to the best of their ability, they hold a faith that their child will grow into a good and respectable citizen; that takes conviction and trust. Faith can be found in abundance if the environment nurtures and cultivates it. But it is not something a person can grow or humanly manufacture. A person cannot be made more faithful or have their faith be made greater as the apostles had wished of Jesus, for as he explained your faith can be as big as a mustard seed, and already its powers are capable of magnificent things (Luke 17:5-6).