Faith – noun. One of the dictionaries that I often consult defined faith as being confident or placing trust in someone or something; a belief that is not based upon proof; a system of belief.
Just what does it look like to have faith in someone? I think that for most people it means having complete trust and confidence in another person. You believe the things that they tell you. You understand that when they say that they will do something, they indeed will follow through. When you call them in your time of need, they will do all that they can to help you. You know that they are fair and honest with you.
Likewise, when you place your faith in something, you trust that what you know about it is true. This something fills your needs, desires, and wants in a satisfactory manner. Now the things upon which I place faith, I notice that they do not tend fulfill me as my relationship with trusted people do.
And as much as I like to place my faith in people, I understand that at some point nearly everyone upon whom I have placed trust, has in one way or another let me down. Some broke my trust in a huge way, as in the form of betrayal. Some broke my heart. Some lied to me. Some have stolen from me. Some cheated me. Some, who promised to be there, were not when I needed them. Disappointing to say the least. Heartbreaking for sure. But, it’s to be expected, after all, none of us are perfect. I too have let others down, even when I never intended to do so.
So then, if those people, or things upon which we place our faith will eventually let us down, why then do we continue to place our faith in them? I believe that even the most introverted person is still a social being, and as such we all need to have interactions with others. We like that interaction, at least I do, especially when it’s positive. Positive interactions make us feel good, and when we feel good, life looks better. We can be optimistic, we can be kind, we can be more compassionate with others. Having faith in others makes me strive to be a better person, a better friend. And, I believe that we expand our horizons when we see things, or our future, in a positive light.
Now Faith is something that I have long associated as one of my top spiritual gifts. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had faith in God, and somehow I knew that He was calling to me to Himself at a very early age. So, I never had a profound conversion like I’ve heard that others have experienced when they believed in Jesus. And, I’ve found it hard to explain just why I believe in God so strongly when others who don’t believe have challenged me.
Most likely an atheist or agnostic will challenge each of us believers at some point or another about the existence of God, especially if we talk about our faith. How do we address those challenges if you are like me – I just know, that I know, way deep down inside of me that God exists, and God loves me. Fortunately, there are resources available to us to help. There’s a whole study area on the Christians faith called Apologetics – with plenty of sources in print and online. While I was in Bible College, I took a course on Apologetics. It was much more complex and complicated than I thought it would be. I still remember some of the basic premises, which are much too complex to discuss here. So, rather than dive into a full complicated discussion on Apologetics here in this post, I am going to reference some resources for you to do your own research. Perhaps if you have time, you can come back and post some comments about what made the most sense to you.
Probably my most favorite resource is the book “The Case for Christ” written by Lee Strobel (also: The Case for Faith, The Case for the Creator, The Case for the Real Jesus)
Another good one is “Cold Case Christianity” written by J. Warner Wallace
Marilyn Adamson, a former atheist answers the question “Is There A God?” You can download the information in a PDF format:
One of my favorite sites – Got Questions
“Does God exist? Is there evidence for the existence of God?” https://www.gotquestions.org/Does-God-exist.html
What does it mean to have faith in Jesus? https://www.gotquestions.org/faith-in-Jesus.html
Nathan Ham, Answers in Genesis – How do we know there is a God?
Sean McDowell discusses the best apologetic resources:
And also see Ravi Zacharias Ministries: http://rzim.org/
Of one thing I am sure, is that no matter how faithful, or unfaithful, that I am to God, now matter how often I let Him down, He is ever faithful. When God makes a promise He keeps it. When God says that something will come to pass, you can count on it. God always keeps His word. Just as He’s kept His promises in the past, He does so today, and He will in the future. He is the one perfect being upon whom I can, and do, place my total trust. He’s never let me down before, and of this I am sure, He never ever will.
He’s ever true, He’s ever faithful. He is for me, and He can be for you too.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-3, ESV)
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” (Deuteronomy 7:9, ESV)
“Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” (Psalms 119:90, ESV)
“if we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13, ESV)