-"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
There’s no other component of our walk with Jesus in my opinion that is more important than faith. We can’t purchase it, sell it, or give it to our friends and family. The dictionary defines faith as “belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” It also defines faith as “belief in and devotion to God.” Faith is so important in the Bible that, without faith, we have no place with God, and it is impossible to please Him.
Faith isn’t something that we conjure up on our own, nor is it something we are born with, nor is it a result of diligence in pursuit of religion. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve, earned, or worthy to have it. It’s not from our own ways, it can only come as a gift from God. God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t and it’s called, faith. God tells us that it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we can’t see Him. “He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” This is not to say that we have faith in God just to get something from Him. However, God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful. We see a perfect example of this in Luke 7:50. Jesus is engaged in dialog with a sinful woman when He gives us a glimpse of why faith is so rewarding. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” The woman believed in Jesus Christ by faith, and He rewarded her for it.
Faith is also what sustains us to the end, knowing that by faith and living a holy life of course we will be in heaven with God for eternity. Examples of faith are demonstrated so much in the Bible especially in Hebrews 11. “Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies”. Clearly, the existence of faith is demonstrated by action.
Without demonstrating faith and trust in God, we have no place with Him. James tells us to consider it pure joy when we fall into trials, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance and matures us, providing the evidence that our faith is real. It’s more than a feeling; it’s a confidence that comes from knowing God and His promises. When you know a person really well, and you know they always keep their word, and they tell you they are coming to your house at 6pm, then you have faith that they will show up at 6pm. You’re not going to call them at 5:30 checking to see if they’re still coming at 6pm. You simply trust that they are faithful to do what they promised. That’s how our faith should be with God. It's amazing to me how we’re so quick to put our faith in people and things of this world but not in our perfect Heavenly Father that never fails us. When we know God’s character and His promises, faith begins to grow.