FAITH!! Starting to write on this word seems a great unending task. Faith is one very big word, one of the most commonly uttered word on a Christian’s lips. ‘Have faith!’, ‘Where is your faith?’ are replies that a Christian spills out. Everyone says faith, but very few people do know faith.
So what indeed is Faith? Let’s start with 1 Corinthians 13:13a
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; …”
God’s word through Paul explains that many things could count but not all of these things would last. He however concluded that there are three things that last forever; FAITH was one.
Before we use the familiar Hebrews 11, Faith is a dependence on the veracity of another. Faith is firm belief in something in particular; it could be a person, doctrine or even a statement. Faith according to Hebrews 11 is confident assurance and faith is a very vital part of being a Christian. The sixth verse of Hebrews 11 says that it is even impossible to please God without it. How come? That same verse divides faith into two major parts; one, Faith is believing there is a God and two, that God is a rewarder. Little wonder faith is vital.
How do you please someone you don’t even believe exists? And how does somebody that do not exist give you anything as a reward? So first, Faith is believing there is a God. If you believe there is a God, you must also know the abilities, qualities, reputation and all the news around about that God. Faith is needed for you to conclude that this very God is very and far different from just a statue of ritualistic worship. I remember at a point in my life, I would ask questions within me “Is there really somebody up there? Who found Him?” May I inform you that I never found anyone to prove whether He existed or not to me. I just had to conclude. That’s faith. It doesn’t make sense, nobody will give you faith or even if they really wanted to help, they will get you more confused. The more you try to dig the beginning of God’s existence, you go crazily confused all the more. When we believe that God exists, we also need to hold on to the authenticity of that God. That’s the first, we must believe that He is.
Secondly, that God is a rewarder. Remember that centurion who pleaded that Jesus heal his servant? His faith struck Jesus. That man would have heard that there was a Jesus who had been healing people. All the information he gathered had built up something unshakable inside of him and he said to Jesus, if we use our today words; “ God!, don’t even bother following me home to pray for my servant, I have heard many things about you. Weren’t you the same person who healed Mr. Leprosy and delivered Mr. Simon’s mother-in-law of fever? My servant isn’t even a leper or as sick as the woman with fever. Just as all the other things you said while healing people, kindly repeat it and I am so certain that my servant will be well again.”
Haha! Whoa! That is the way Jesus would have felt. Imagine you are a special guest at an occasion and before you come up for your talk, the moderator begins to read your profile, saying you are this and you did that and goes on and on. Right where you are seated, you would be saying ‘oh, is this me? I did all this?’. That’s the same way God feels when we have faith, we are telling Him that ‘I trust you anyway and anyhow’. In Deuteronomy 32:20, God was furious with the people of Israel, he called them children in whom is no faith. The Israelites had seen God work RAW! They had seen the ten plagues in Egypt, they had also seen the red sea part to give them a path. But they couldn’t keep focus straight. They quickly forgot all He had been doing for them, manna provision? Water? And just at every new situation, God’s ability to help them began to shake in their hearts. And that’s the devil’s trick, he usually helps us to see our present situation as so mighty that it covers up all of God’s faithfulness.
Take a pause…… Search deep within ….. Has God ever done anything for you? Has He ever given you victory? Has he ever answered your prayers? Sure He has. What about that time when you thought you were going to die from that illness, that time when you thought failure was going to be all over your school report, that day when you were going to eat your last meal and die, that time, that day, that issue you got over with after many pains. There certainly is something. Do not let the present problem cover up your trust. If God took you through the red sea, He can surely turn bitter water sweet. Imagine if the Hebrew boys (Meshach, Shedrack and Abednego) bowed saying ‘Let’s just pretend as if we are bowing down, God knows our heart”. They wouldn’t have gotten any attraction that warranted the burning furnace. But no! They insisted that God would save them. How did they know? I bet you they weren’t so sure but they banked on the correctness and ability of the God they knew. God is a rewarder, He would never leave you stranded.
Noah built the ark, by faith. Abraham was about to slay Isaac, David defeated Goliath, that’s all faith at work. Faith is not just something on thin air, it comes and it gets built gradually by what has happened, by hearing and hearing the testimonies about God. Through faith, we can subdue kingdoms, obtain promises, wrought righteousness, escape devil’s attack and be made strong. Faith is not because you see it, instead it is because you know it even if you can’t see it. Faith is unshakable, no matter what will happen, faith wouldn’t move, rather faith moves the situation. Faith is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead (2 Cor 5:7). The shocking thing is that most of the listed heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 did not even receive the promise (Verse 13 and 39). The disciples had told Jesus at one time to increase their faith, we can pray that prayer too because according to God, a mustard seed sized faith can move mountains into the sea. Mathew 21:22 says whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, you shall receive, Have faith in God! He isn’t a liar neither is He a joker. He will do exactly what He says.
Mark 11:22-23 says “Whosoever shall say……and shall not doubt….but shall believe….he shall have whatsoever he saith.” In faith, WHOSOEVER CAN HAVE WHATSOEVER. James further says that let not a doubtful man think he will receive anything from God. Why? Because he is not always sure, the problem he sees today buries his God knowledge of before. God can do exceedingly above all we ask or think, whether we feel it, see it, think it or not, He can. Whether things are crumbling right before our eyes, He certainly can. Can God find faith in you?
So let’s go back to where we started
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; …”
Faith will remain because our God is forever and ever. Even when the world comes to an end with all its problems, there will still be our God seated in majesty up above. We believe that even if the situations of our lives are neck deep, we will triumph because He has overcome the world. We believe His power, we believe His grace, we believe His miracles, we believe His word, we believe His reward, we believe in heaven, we believe God. Yes we believe.
Say to someone today “Have faith” and mean it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Pedetin Avoseh Assumpta is an information and communication science graduate of the university of Ilorin. She has a great sense of humour and loves teaching the word of God. By the end of her life she plans to have achieve greatness in living for God and making impact in her generation.