In God we trust
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen... And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 Your faith to God is the basis of your relationship with Him. Without faith, you cannot please God. Faith is knowing Christ as your Lord and Savior. You must believe that God exists and Jesus is exactly is the One has revealed the God Himself the Bible. “Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” (John 14:8-9). Faith is the basis of your reliance and trust upon God. You must believe that He will respond to you when you sincerely seek Him. “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). No matter how moral you are in your life, and the amount of good works you perform, or humility and the eloquence you demonstrate on how you speak, if you do not have faith, you will not please God. You will be tempted to substitute good works, religious activities, rituals, and traditions for faith in God. When you become a Christian, God commanded you to live your life on the basis of your confidence to Him because of your faith (Heb. 11:1). There will be those who will be motivated to take actions only if they have the resources and will refuse to do what God tells them unless they can see all and project the possible result of their actions. If you say you believe God because your faith is on Him, you should not struggle with whatever God is placing before you and asking you to do. Trusting Him should be at the core of your relationship with God and no matter what is before you, you still enjoy a vibrant fellowship with Him! Faith does not eradicate problems. It is faith in God that will keep you strong inthe midst of your problems. You just do not exercise faith when you are going through trials in life. Faith has to do with your relationship with God, trials or not. If you say that faith has no place in the life of a practical person, that person is mistaken. Once you realize who God is, the practical action you should take is to place your faith in Him and trust Him. Nothing more in this would could provide you satisfaction and security than to know that you are trusting God. Ask God to help you continue to grow in your trust and dependence on Him. “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24).
Noel De Guzman Westside Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA