What is Faith?

When you hear the word Faith, what comes to mind?

How do you define it?

Oxford says faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. it is a strong belief in God or the doctrines of a religion. Webster calls faith the belief in the existence of God, or strong religious feelings or beliefs.

I question this though. The definitions just don’t seem good enough for me when considering doing something completely illogical or unwise – like quitting a good job to pursue a calling in ministry. I mean who really does that? Why leave the security?

Looking for a better definition, I found this from scripture. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1. Faith gives us assurance, or confidence, in the things we cannot see.

The rest of this passage talks about different characters from scripture and reminds us of their demonstrations of faith. From Abel, Noah, Abraham, and Moses we can see how following or walking in faith required crazy steps. Their confidence was in that they believed what God said to them was true, and would actually happen.

For me, in my current season of life, that also means believing that’s God word is still true. That he still does speak. That he still does provide, especially when we need him the most.

I firmly believe that by keeping our eyes on Jesus, even though it will get hard, our faith will be made stronger. He initiated and will perfect our faith.

So a friend of mine said this a few years ago and I choose to look at it like this. Instead of looking at walking in faith as walking off a cliff into the dark unknown, why don’t we see it as walking into the Glory of God and that’s why we can’t see what is up ahead.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for [in Christ] will actually happen.


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