Faith is trusting God
And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Genesis 15:6
For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” (Romans 4:3)
In order for faith to matter, it has to have a credible and worthy object. This is what Moses said about Abraham and was repeated by the apostle Paul from the texts. In order for our Christian life to commence properly, the object of our faith should be focused in trusting Jesus Christ alone for salvation. "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). We enter into the family of God by a simple act of placing our trust in Christ. But this relationship with God should be nurtured so that when trials in life come, we will be ready to place our faith to Christ just like when we place our faith in Him when we accepted Him as Lord and Savior. The way we trusted Him that He alone could provide salvation and meaningful relationship in life, it follows that we must be ready to trust Him that He will keep us growing believing Him. The apostle Paul expressed his certainty about this truth; “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6). Learning to trust God consistently does not come easy. This is what the life of Abraham had taught us. There were times that he had spiritual ups and downs where he would rather trust his own abilities in solving a problem (see Genesis 12:9-20). Yet he persevered and grew knowing God and learned how to trust God completely. “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered...Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”)” (Genesis 22:8, 13-14). Faith is focusing on God who is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Every day, let us experience growing in our faith by learning how to be dependent on Him. Our goal is not just to maintain having faith in Him but to grow and be strengthened. This could only happen when we allow Him to build our faith. Once we do this, every trial in life becomes God’s opportunity to grow us in faith. Our growth in our relationship with God is always dependent whether our focus is on Him or not. “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy” (1 Peter 1:8).