The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) What a powerful statement. The author of Hebrews is telling us that if we want our lives to bring God pleasure, we must have faith. That begs the question: How do we increase our faith?
I have often heard people say things like, “I have faith in my brother to accomplish the task”, or, “I have faith in my son to do the right thing”. We’ve all said or heard similar notions. What is meant in those statements is: I have confidence that the person is going to do what they say they’re going to do.
From that perspective, faith equals confidence. In a similar way, Biblical faith is confidence in God. It is believing that God is going to do what He promises. A great example of this is Abraham. In Romans 4:18 it says that Abraham had hope despite the staggering circumstances, “In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” God promised Abraham that he would have a son named Isaac…even though his wife was 90 years old. To Abraham, that was unimaginable! However, Abraham believed. Abraham believed despite the odds, despite others’ skepticism, even despite that fact that his own wife laughed at the mere thought! Abraham was confident. Not in the probability of the situation, but in the fact that if God had said it would be, it not only could happen but WOULD happen. And it did! Abraham is the character from the Bible that is most recognized for his faith in God.
So, how’s your faith? Do you have confidence in what God has said?
How do you grow your faith?
1. Look around:
See creation for the magnificent wonder that it is. If God could create the heavens and the earth and all of its beauty…what could be impossible for Him? In fact the Bible says nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
2. Study the character of God:
What is He like? You’ll find that God is all powerful, merciful, and just; the Giver of strength & wisdom. He always keeps His word and if that is true, we can count on what He has promised.
3. Study the promises of God:
In order to have confidence in God we have to know what He has said He will do. One great promise that I often meditate on is found in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Faith is confidence in God. He will do what He says He will do. My hope is that these few thoughts will deepen your understanding of faith and cause you to grow in it.