What is faith?
According to the dictionary, faith has two basic meanings: The first is complete confidence in a person or plan, etc., and the second is a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
Sometimes, when things do not go according to plan, we lose faith, not only in ourselves, but also in any potential outcome in our lives. Failure will do that to you. When we experience life’s monumental failures, it’s easy to lose hope and even faith.
The expression “just have faith, it will work out” is used by people to encourage and comfort someone facing serious problems or stressful situations. But just what is faith as described in the Bible, and does it really work?
Faith, at its core, is deep-rooted in the expectation of good things to come. It goes beyond hope. While much of hope lives in the mind, faith is steeped in the heart and the spirit.
It cannot be explained away by reason or logic, or be understood through a single dimension. While life can be hard at the best of times, faith is the knowledge, deep down inside, that things will get better.
It is taking the next step when you cannot see the entire staircase. Simply put, life would fail to have reason if we did not have faith. We could not drive our cars without faith that someone would not cross the divider and crash into us.
If we did not have faith, how could we fly in an airplane, a metallic machine soaring 35,000 feet in the air? Without faith, how could we move from one moment to the next without completely second-guessing every last thing that we did?
Faith is the substance or assurance of things we hope for, but have not yet received. Faith (confidence, belief, trust) is also our evidence of that which is not seen. The invisible spiritual things.
Faith comes before a prayer is answered or before an individual has received what he or she has requested. If we have received what we asked for, then faith is not needed.
Real faith is more than just believing, alone. It includes acting on that faith in one’s life.
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” — Thomas Aquinas. Live in faith everyday.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane