The dictionary defines faith as:
Faith: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
The Bible defines faith as:
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.” –Hebrews 11:1
The founder of Forbes Magazine, B.C. Forbes says faith is:
“He who has faith has…an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well- even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.” –B.C. Forbes
Oswald Chambers, a famous Christian author, describes faith as:
“Faith is Deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” – Oswald Chambers
Faith to me:
A safe harbor.
It is a tower of refuge when the storms of life cause waves we believe we can’t survive.
I love how, no matter what source that is being consulted, faith is defined as a resounding confidence.
What do we do in a situation when we are confident? When we have an assurance of the outcome?
We move forward.
We decide to keep going.
Even though we can hear the voices of doubt surrounding us, we choose to believe the voice that says we can.
Because we have made a deliberate decision to be confident in something that maybe doesn’t make sense considering our circumstances, our financial situation or our previous decisions.
I believe that faith is far more about who we believe in than what we believe in.
In other words, because we KNOW and are CONFIDENT in WHO God is and HIS character, we can have peace despite our tough situation.
God is real.
He is not some ambiguous character up in the marshmellow clouded sky with big Gumby like hands that occasionally pops in for a visit to perform a miracle or two.
He is real. But how does He become even more real to us and to others?
When we live our lives according to the faith that we say that we have!
In less complicated terms:
Say you are not afraid to go cliff-jumping (we are going extreme examples here people).
Because you say that you have a guide who knows how to navigate the terrain and will keep you safe.
Well, that’s a really nice advertisement.
But when does it really mean something?
When you yourself go cliff-jumping.
When you take the plunge.
When you LIVE in a way that REQUIRES you to ACT out the FAITH that you SAY that you have!
Make better sense now?
In everyday terms, faith is a deliberate decision to jump into the water.
Why? Because we have confidence in our guide.
Faith is not knowing all the specifics but having confidence in the One who creates them.
Faith is not ambiguous or unrealistic.
It does not talk about all the wonderful things that God is and claim that He works.
Rather, faith LIVES out those things and walks in His finished work!
I guess what I am trying to say is that if you always stand from the cliff, talking about how much fun cliff-jumping is and advertising it to every joe-shmo in the area, without ever actually taking a plunge, your speeches start to become…stale.
Not very convincing.
Because nowadays, people want to SEE that your guide works and that He is who He says He is.
An active one.
Full of confidence!
Unwavering because it is in a constant, real, faithful God/guide.
Faith is a safe harbor but it may not always FEEL like a safe place. That’s the whole point, to believe anyway.
Don’t be afraid to actually live a life that requires you to have faith. That’s the whole point friends!
JUMP IN and have confidence.