Why is Faith Important?
Faith…easy to obtain right? There are many who would solemnly disagree with you. Faith is one of the key components of a Christian's daily life that is natural and second nature. However, it simply is not always as natural and second nature as it should be. We have faith when it’s time to sit down in a chair. We have faith when we get into our vehicles and turn the ignition. We even have faith in our own prowess to accomplish something, but we don’t always have faith when it is an absolute time for it.
Why is faith often the last element to kick in during a time of crisis or trial? Naturally, the first thing to happen is panic, anxiety, anger, frustration and hopelessness. It is because of doubt and unbelief in the supernatural. The only thing that we allow to activate our senses is what we see. The tangible component. The power of God is the furthest from our cognitive response during such events.
However, as believers in Christ, faith is supposed to be the first “natural” response we have in troubled times. It should not only be a “natural” element when absent-mindedly performing daily activities that are without question expected to operate without fail, like sitting down in a chair without first checking to make sure that it is sturdy and glitch free.
Why is faith so important? The grandeur response is that...”without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). However, it is also as equally important because it is required to accomplish that which has not been manifested. Especially, that which seems impossible; like healing, provision while unemployed, the salvation and protection of your wayward child, buying a home with bad credit and receiving a low interest rate, or making it to the gas station while on empty with knowledge of being 20 miles away from the nearest gas station. Hebrews 11:1 confirms this by defining it, saying, “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
It was through faith that this world was framed. Hebrews 11:3 says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”. Without it we would not be enjoying the greater things that it has afforded us. All God did was believed what he spoke. It was faith that caused the walls of Jericho to fall down after the Israelites walked around it seven times. They heeded to the instruction of Joshua and believed that it would happen.
Faith is, no doubt, scary. It is especially scary when you don’t see how the end result will resolve in your favor. That is why we have God. It is his job to work out the impossible. “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). We must stop trying to do God’s job and perfect our own. Having faith is our job. It’s a big job, but the payout is grand.
God said that Abraham’s faith; when he was going to kill Isaac while trusting God, was imputed to him as righteousness. It was because of Abraham’s faith that nations of people were birthed, even resulting in the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Without Christ (faith) and his shed blood there would be no remission of our sins.
There is a greater plan working behind the scenes of faith. Just do your part, operate in its element, let it be your natural response; then, watch the wonders of God unfold.
To do your part is simply this…believe with your whole heart.
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