Life is hard for many, but trying to make sense of it all…is probably one of the greatest pastimes we engage in. We want to know why and how to prevent it.
Why do things happen when everything seemed to be going right? Without faith we can’t know the answer.
Something I’ve learned about my relationship with the Father is that He needs me to learn more about faith.
Faith is not only “what we believe”, in our religion, doctrine, etc. But faith is most importantly, our solid conviction that what we believe and whom we believe in are real and living. Faith is ‘believing’ so strong that we will stake our life on it.
5 benefits of having faith:
Faith is more than wishful thinking. Faith is the constant and certain assurance based on God’s work in your life.
To know that God has a plan for you, specifically to do, means you must first connect with the planner, God. After that you begin learning what it means to have faith and how it will change you in a wonderful way.
We all ask God “What am I doing here?” when life becomes difficult. We all experience loss, pain, exhaustion, difficult circumstances, depression, loneliness and waiting.
Your life experience may feel unexplainable and your dreams feel frustrated and delayed, but hang on…build your faith, stay close to God, and one day it will all make sense.
Faith means we cannot see the outcome, we are not sure what lies ahead and we are convinced of the reality that God has something better planned.
Faith means clinging to the hope that God will eventually triumph and we will one day understand why certain things happened in our lives.
Why is it so important for God to teach us how to have faith?
For one thing it is the foundation of creation. Faith is what God used to create the world and everything in it. Without us learning to have faith, we will never fully understand why God wants us to have the same.
Those who do not have faith cannot see past the physical world around them. They are limited by the temporal circumstances and are blind to what God is doing. So to have faith brings peace and contentment while we still live on earth.
Knowing the hope is in God’s strength and in His faithfulness we find the strength to endure. When it comes to faith, the world laughs. And to them faith, at best, seems like a great waste; at worst, it seems almost suicidal.
Do we really want to give up all the pleasures of this world for something elusive or unlikely; to make a difference in our everyday lives?
Faith is never easy but it becomes more valuable the more you understand its power.
To walk by faith-will cost you what?
Give up ‘your way’ of seeing things, and allow God’s work in your life to be first and foremost, is how you will begin to understand what faith really is for you.
Many of the great stories, that have touched our lives, in the Bible, all shared the importance of having faith.
One of the Women of the Bible, has a story:
Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist lived in a society where a woman’s value was largely measured by her ability to bear children and to be without children often led to personal hardship and public shame.
Both Elisabeth and Zacharias came from Godly families. And Elisabeth was one of the daughter’s of Aaron, coming from a priestly line (Exodus 6:23). The wife of a priest, both “righteous before God, walking in all the commandments of the Lord, blameless”, she was a woman of strong faith and spiritual gifts, while preserving the traditions of Aaron and his descendants.
So why was she barren all her life? Where was God when she longed to have children?
Elisabeth was faithful to her husband and loved God with all her heart. For years they had both prayed and longed for a child; and now were both much older and should have given up having any children.
One day as Zacharias was serving and praying in the temple, an angel appeared with a message and said, “Thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.”
Elisabeth’s faith kept her believing that God was still in control and He had a plan. She didn’t know what that plan was and didn’t really know if her earthly desires would be given her. But she did know that her life was in the hands of her heavenly Father.
Faith moves mountains of doubt when humans fully embrace its power.
Elisabeth leaves us a story to inspire us to keep the faith, trust in God, and learn what it is to live by faith.
One of the Men of the Bible, Job…
His story has inspired and comforted us for many years. He was faithful to God, successful more than many in his day, and had always cared in helping others. But one day, for no obvious reason, everything was taken from him, even his health.
Do we ask why? Yes and we also fear that if it happened to Job it could happen to us. However, when Job’s story was told, he didn’t know the ending like we do. Nevertheless, Job kept true to God even though he cried out and asked ‘why’ so many times. Job struggled as we would and he could have disowned God and cursed him but he didn’t.
Faith, an unknown and often misunderstood quality that God longs for us to learn and grow with, kept Job believing that even though he didn’t understand any of this, he trusted God had a reason.
Faith kept Job close to God.
Was it easy? No! But the message of Job teaches us that trusting God has a plan, will lead us down a road where learning to have faith when nothing makes sense is the ultimate goal.
When we are at the end of our rope and God asks us to tie a knot and hang on…He is trying to help us get thru the storm and see the promise ahead.
God never said it would be easy out in the deep waters of the world. He never guaranteed good weather and smooth sailing. And it is a choice when we lack the faith in God, to stay along the shore and remain safe from drowning and disaster.
Faith is born when you launch out into the deep, where God can take control and teach you things you would otherwise never learn.
Knowing God, Jesus teaches…
To launch out into the deep, and sometimes difficult waters, is the pursuit to teach us what faith really is and how important it is to learn it more fully in this short, temporary life we live in.
Learning to have more and more faith is the key to a deeper relationship with our Father in heaven. It is the greatest challenge we will ever experience but once we understand how God will help us achieve it, we will experience unexplainable joy and peace, and will only want to build on it continually.
Faith is not about us but about seeing God in us; and preparing ourselves for an eternity full of everything God has planned.
When we really see the power of faith we will then know it leads the way to eternal life.
Faith is the key that opens all doors to a greater understanding of God and His kingdom. And when nothing makes sense, Faith will lead you to the miracles around the next bend.