My grandchildren’s faith and trust in my ability to do things for them, and to take care of them, set me thinking. What is faith? How can I explain it to them?
To have faith we must trust that what we have faith in is true.
Can I do an Internet search for projects for my grandchildren? Yes! So their faith in my ability is true! Will I take care of them to the best of my ability? Yes! So that is also true and their faith is not misplaced. Now, my grandchildren can see me operate the computer, and know that when they come to visit that I will take care of them and feed them. But, would they have faith in me if they couldn’t see me do those things? Yes! They have seen me do it once, and now trust (have faith) that I can and will do it again.
We say we have faith in God, yet we have not seen Him.
What evidence have we got that He exists and is true in all that He says and does?
When we have experienced His touch of love, and the miracle of His constant care and provision in a personal relationship with us, then we know and believe implicitly in Him. What God says He will do – He does! God won’t let us down. To know God is to love Him. To have faith in Him is to trust Him in His honesty and reliability.
Faith in the religious expression means to have belief in God – that He exists and cares for us in a personal relationship.
Christ came to earth to teach us that God is not unreachable, but that He desires that we come to Him, in faith, and build the relationship with Him that is so precious to Him. We do this by coming to Him in prayer and worship. We see the evidence of Him in the change in our lives. His love fills our lives and enables us to love others – and fulfill the command, “Love God and your neighbors.”
There are those who say, “I won’t believe unless I see!” just as Thomas did when the disciples told him that they had seen Jesus after He had risen from death. When Jesus appeared again and Thomas was there, Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20 : 29) Two thousand years later there are millions of people who believe and have faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. They believe that He is the Son of God Almighty. They have not seen Him, but their very lives proclaim Him as Lord.
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. – Hebrews 11:1