Faith in practice!
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
The bible explains faith in Hebrews 11:1-2 as: "Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
The bible continues to give an example of practical faith in verse 3 as; "By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God's command." The fact is we didn't see how the universe was formed, none of us existed at that time. However, we believe that it was formed at God's command, because it is written in the bible. In other words, we believe so because that's what the word of God tells us. We believe in the word of God. And I don't think if anyone tells us something different about how the universe was formed, we will believe. We have an unshakable faith that the universe was formed at God's command.
Also, in the book of 1 Samuel 17, by faith David was able to defeat Goliath. Looking at the size of Goliath and his experiences as a soldier, there was no chance that David could have even accepted to battle him and to the extent of defeating him. But, that is how faith works. In reality, David couldn't have ever defeated Goliath. However, David reflected on how God helped him killed those lions and bears that attacked his flock and himself whilst he looked after his father's sheep. He had faith that, the same God who defeated those wild animals for him will definitely defeat Goliath for him. In the natural, it wasn't possible, but he trusted in God to give him victory. And YES!, God did it, He defeated Goliath for him.
That is the power of the God that we serve. And that's how faith works, trusting God to do the impossible, when all circumstances seem not to be working.
Again, in the book of Judges 6, by faith Gideon was able to defeat the Midianites by just 300 people. The Midianites were very powerful and larger in number. In reality, it was not possible for Gideon to defeat them with just 300 people. However, it all refers back to the fact that we serve a supernatural and all-powerful God, who will never forsake his children. And what he has promised us, he always brings to pass. All we need to do is to ask him whatever is troubling us, act upon our faith and believe that he will do it. When we act upon our faith like this, it pleases God and moves him to action.
Another similar instance of faith in our lives is; when we pray and ask God for forgiveness of our sins. Most of the time we do not see any sign that our sins are forgiven, but we believe that our sins are forgiven because of what the word of God says about forgiveness of sins. As the bible says in 1 John 1: 9 that, "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
As believers, this is the kind of faith, God expects us to show when we present our petitions before him. Trusting him that, he will answer all our prayers, even though we may not know how, but solely depending on what His word says about asking, his power and might.
As the bible reassures us in a lot of verses that if we ask anything in God's name, he will do it for us. An example is in 1 John 14: 13; "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the father may be glorified in the son." It is my prayer that, no matter how big our problems maybe, we will always believe in the word of God and trust that God's promise will be fulfilled in our lives. AMEN!