“If all the time that I have spent praying for faith was put together it would be months. I thought that someday faith was going to come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, ’So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.’ I had closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to read God’s Word and faith has been growing ever since.” – D. L. Moody.
How important is faith?
Most believers would quickly answer that faith is very important. Faith is a necessary ingredient in the Christian life. Faith is trust. Faith is belief. Faith is confidence. Faith is surrender. Faith is certainty and assurance. Hebrews 11:1(TPT) says, “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”
When God speaks to us, but it seems illogical or impossible to us, we need to choose faith. We see this in the story of Joseph, David, and many others. Like us, they experienced a season in life that their direction seemed to be going in the wrong direction, but their faith remained in this time of testing. And over time their tested faith turned into trusted faith.
When God calls a person to join Him in a God-sized task, faith is always required. Obedience indicates faith in God. Our major problem, however, is our self-centeredness. We think we have to accomplish the assignment on our own power and with our current resources. We think, “I can’t do that. That is not possible.” We forget that when God speaks He always reveals what He is going to do—not what He wants us to do for Him. We join Him so He can do His work through us.
We don’t have to be able to accomplish the task within our limited ability or resources. Jesus indicated that what is impossible with man is possible with God. Mark 10:27 tells us that ”…Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” The Scriptures bear witness that this is true. When you encounter God, it may bring a crisis of belief, a crisis that requires faith.
Choose faith when God speaks to you. Choose faith when you experience a crisis of belief. Choose faith when you face an uncertain future. Choose faith because God will do what He said He would do.
- What matters most? The size of our faith, or what God is doing? When it comes to following God in faith, what is the most important thing for us to know?