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Katie Beard, Director

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April Message

 

What Is Faith?

Written by: Katie Beard, Director

Christian Education Ministry

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11: 1

 

        How many of us have heard others say when trials and tribulations come into our lives that, “You Just Need to have Faith”, but what is Faith?  Do we know if we have this “substance of things hoped for”, according to Hebrews 11:1.  How do we know if we have faith?   Everyone has heard the above scripture quoted by others and even spoken from the pulpit as we sit in the pews of our church and say “amen preacher”.  But how many of us truly understand what this word “Faith” means?   We are often ashamed to ask questions about faith because of what we think others might whisper about us, “you say you are a Christian and you don’t even know what faith is?”.  I do not know if writing this article will help any of you understand what faith means to you, so let me simply share with you what I perceive faith to be to me.  I’m sharing my perception of what faith is to me because I believe that God places each of us on our own road in life which will cause our view of what faith means to be different from someone else. But no matter what road in life we each travel, we should all end up in the same place - a stronger more intimate relationship with Jesus the Christ.  The Holy Bible provides many examples of Faith in the lives of other believers. I would like to share two powerful examples of Faith found in the books of Job and Genesis:

  • ·         When Job was experiencing extreme suffering, pain and frustration at God’s silence, after he had lost everything. He nevertheless clung to Him and relied upon what he knew to be true: “He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).  Like Job, we should channel our emotions and responses through the truth of God’s Word. Otherwise, we might be tempted to doubt God’s goodness and love, since they aren’t readily visible in times of hardship. But if we trust in what the Scriptures reveal about God’s character and ways, we can endure affliction faithfully, whether or not He ever explains why. After all, God never guaranteed us answers during our time on earth, but He did promise to be with us.

  • ·         The life of Joseph is another good example.  Joseph’s brothers hated him so much that they sold him to a caravan on its way to Egypt. There, he became the slave of Potiphar, a captain of Pharaoh’s guard. Despite all of his misfortune, Joseph performed his duties with excellence and as a result was promoted to oversee Potiphar’s household. Throughout it all, Joseph kept his gaze centered on the Lord.  Focus on God helped Joseph and will help us choose godliness over temptation. Potiphar’s wife attempted to seduce Joseph, but he rejected her advances. When he refused to sin against God (Genesis 39:9), she falsely accused him, and her lies were believed. Ignoring Joseph’s record of hard work and faithful service, Potiphar imprisoned him. Had we been in Joseph’s place, we might at this point be asking our heavenly Father why is this happening to me? However, Joseph endured and continued believing that God had neither abandoned him nor lost control of the situation. 

        In stressful times, we discover how much we really trust the Lord. If doubt about His promises takes root in our thinking, it can lead us off His chosen path. But with steadfast belief and an intimate closeness, we can recognize God’s presence in our lives, have faith and persevere wherever we are.  Because Life is filled with swift transitions, none on earth unmoved can stand, we should build our hopes on things eternal and hold to God’s unchanging hand.  We should trust in Him, who will not leave us, whatsoever the years may bring, when all earthly friends forsake us, we should still more closely to Him cling.  Have you ever had to do any of the above when your road in life was showered with trials and tribulations that seemed to never end?  If so, then you not only have Faith, but you know what Faith is.  Trusting God without knowing the outcome and with prayer and supplication making your request known unto Him.  This is Faith.

 

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”  Matthew 21:21 NIV

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