What is faith? Truth is, everyone operates in acts of faith everyday, hundreds of times a day. We drive down a road with only a yellow dotted line separating us from oncoming traffic, believing they will remain on their side. Thousands of people board airplanes daily, not knowing the pilot, but trusting he will get them to their destination. Whether, it's seeing a doctor for the first time, entering a building, built by carpenters you've never met, flipping the light switch in your kitchen, or turning the key in your cars ignition, these all are operations of faith. We have faith that the doctor is knowledgable and has integrity, although we know nothing about him. No one saw the pilot graduate from flight school, but yet we trust him. We enter a building built by unknown contractors with no hesitation. We automatically believe, because we've paid the electric bill, the lights will come on when the switch is flipped. And of course we believe all those people that manufactured our car put it together properly, so it will function right. All these steps of action are done in faith, and most of us don't even realize we're acting in faith. Why is it so easy to exercise faith over the natural things of life, trusting people we've never met or believing in equipment we didn't build?
Hebrews 11:1 (God's Word Translation) says, "Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see." This is what we are actually doing with things in our natural life. Yet, somehow, many people find it hard to have faith in God, our creator, our Father! Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." Learning to have faith in God is just as easy as having faith in a recommended plumber or that your microwave will cook your food. The great thing about trusting and having faith in the Almighty God, is that he'll never let us down! 1John 5:14-15 says, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." This is a guarantee! The Bible is God's promise or pledge to us that He will do these things.
If you and I can go through our life believing, trusting or having faith in people we don't know, or equipment made by those we've never met, surely we can trust God. He wrote His promises in a book and sealed them with the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ! "...He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." Is. 53:5 Men of this earth can fail us, equipment can break apart, but the God we serve will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deu. 31:8) Have faith in God!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."