Many times, faith is simply trusting in God despite one’s inability to see or comprehend everything taking place. Believing that God is loving, just, and completely sovereign and that He has a plan and purpose for each of our lives is necessary for this faith. When we trust and put our faith in God, we must submit our own will and wants to His, and we must work to align our lives with the purposes He has for us. This may require putting one’s trust in action and taking risks, even though the situation may be unsettling or ambiguous.
On the other hand, having faith does not guarantee that we will never have any uncertainties or difficulties. There are periods in the life of every Christian, even the most devout when they face ambiguity or difficulties. On the other hand, having faith means continuing to put one’s trust in God despite the difficulties that one is facing. In the end, having confidence in God depends not on mindless credulity but on one’s personal connection with Him. Christians can grow their faith and improve their trust in God by devoting more time to prayer, studying the Bible, and participating in worship services. And it is impossible to win His approval without faith, for anyone who approaches God must have the conviction that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who come to Him seeking Him.
Living by faith is putting one’s trust in God and His plan for one’s life. Believing in Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior and then obeying His teachings as they are laid down in the Bible is required. Accepting that salvation and eternal life come through faith in Jesus Christ rather than through one’s own activities or achievements is an essential part of living a life guided by faith. It implies admitting that one is a sinner who needs God’s grace and forgiveness and that one can be reconciled to God by faith in Jesus Christ. In other words, it entails accepting one’s responsibility as a sinner.
When one lives their life according to their faith, they pray, study the Bible, and worship regularly to draw closer to God and expand their faith. It also entails putting one’s faith into action by serving others, forgiving those who have harmed us, and telling others about the good news that Jesus brings.
Simply because one chooses to live their life according to their faith does not mean they will be spared the trials and tribulations of life. Trusting in God’s goodness and sovereignty, even in the midst of trying situations, is what it really means to have this kind of faith. It implies putting one’s faith in Jesus Christ as the means by which one can receive God’s promise of eternal life and relying on God for the strength and direction necessary to navigate the ups and downs of life.
HEBREWS 11: 6: “And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him “
The heroes of the Old Testament are used as examples to teach us about trust in Hebrews chapter 11. One significant facet of their lives jumps out: they put their complete trust in God and gave themselves to His care. This is the defining characteristic of their lives. The deeds and successes of these men and women demonstrated that the Christian religion is pleasing to God and that God blesses those who seek Him.
The author of the book of Hebrews highlights two core principles that are essential for Christians to have. To begin, it is required that “anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists.” Those who seek a closer relationship with God need to have a firm conviction that God exists in the first place. This kind of faith is more than just an intellectual understanding; it is a complete and total dedication to the idea that God is present and active in every aspect of one’s life. It is difficult to have a personal relationship with God if one does not first have a strong and sincere belief in God’s existence. Second, individuals who claim to follow the Lord must have faith “that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” This facet of faith entails putting one’s confidence in God’s attributes, namely those of a good, loving, generous, gracious, and merciful Father. These two certainties form the foundation of a faith that saves and is acceptable in the sight of God.
Because faith is the means by which we approach God and place our confidence in Him for our salvation, it is impossible to win God’s approval without faith. Because of God’s unfathomable generosity, He makes it possible for us to get closer to Him by providing the very thing we need to do so: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9). Faith is not something we earn; it is a gift from God. The faith that is necessary to please God is given to us by God.
To be continued.