The word faith is a difficult word to understand. Having faith in someone or something means that you can trust that person or thing to do what you expect it to do. Faith is an action word. Can I have complete faith in someone or something here on earth? Personally, I don’t think so because people and things are flawed. I think that the best we can say is that we hope this person or thing will do what it’s supposed to do.
I think that when we speak of spiritual faith, it’s difficult for people to grasp the concept because there is no human equivalent. We can say that we have faith in someone here on earth but can we really? I don’t believe so. Therefore, when we use the word faith, we have to talk about having faith in someone who is perfect. There is only one deity that is perfect and that is God. I have seen people struggle in the church with the concept of faith. How can we develop faith? Well, the bible tells us where faith comes from in Romans 10:17 (NKJV):
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “
Faith comes by reading and believing the promises that are made in the bible. It is only through faith that we can believe that God is who He says that He is. If we don’t read our bibles, how can we have the truth to hold onto and have faith that our Lord and Saviour will do what He says that He will do?
Child of God, if you’re having problems understanding what faith in God is, go to His word. You can attend every church service, or attend every conference or buy every book and DVD, but it doesn’t mean that you’re going to have a working knowledge of how faith works. It’s only through getting God’s word into your heart and recalling the promises when tribulation strikes. Each time God answers a prayer, write it in your spiritual journal. Over time, when you are dealing with some trial, go back and read the times that God has answered your prayer. This is when your faith will be built up.