Faith might be the single most important element of the Christian faith. But what is faith?
The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” The Bible defines faith as, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
Lately, I’ve wondered how strong my faith is. The longer my husband remains unemployed, the longer our prayers go unanswered, the more I worried I become. I must admit that every now and then I get an inappropriate thought. I know that thought is from the father of all lies, and fortunately I can get rid of that thought quickly, but it makes me wonder, how strong is my faith?
I want my faith to be stronger. I want God to know He can count on me, even though this trail. I want to be so passionate about my faith there is no doubt. I want my faith to be rock-solid.
For examples of faith, we need only turn to the Bible. Hebrews 11 is the “Faith Hall of Fame” so to speak. What do all of these faith stories have in common? I believe it is this simple:
Faith is not praying until the thing we want happens. Faith is trusting that God has the right thing in mind, even if that thing is not what we imagined it to be, or when we expected it to happen.
But we’re human. We understand what we know. It’s difficult to wait for the unknown, even when we know God has our best in mind. So I offer this simple prayer.
Increase our faith.