How simple is faith?
For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision not uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. Galatians 5:6
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing with hope. Romans 15:13
Therefore, we conclude that apart from the deeds of the law a man is justified by faith. Romans 3:38 (Bold script for faith my addition)
Faith is the belief, hope, knowledge of something we have no control over. We believe the sun will rise each day, the world will spin on its axis, after the rain, the sky will brighten and the waters will recede. We believe. We hope. That’s faith. It’s so easy to believe in those things which make up our corner of the world. Some know that monsoon season is a certain time, others expect snows at certain times. Yet, to have faith in the unseen, is much more difficult. How do you know that after a flood, the waters eventually recede, and the rains stop? It’s been experienced. And when the snows and colds of winter blasts and seems as though it is never bring Spring, there is faith that the change of season will come. It’s been the experience; the result of waiting and believing and seeing the evolution of seasons.
But for some it is so difficult to grasp the idea–the BELIEF–of a creator! We have not seen…yet see all the time if we look at the majestic mountains, the oceans, the love and kindness of others, the goodness, births of animals and more. We see it the lovely sunrises, the glorious sunsets. We listen to the roar of the ocean, or the gentle lap of the waves on shore, the twitter of dolphin, chirping of birds, or the gurgling happy sounds from a baby. There is so much just seeing how the world around as been created.
If we have trust and believe Jesus died for US, for our sinful beings, that is faith. Faith is hope, trust in something we have no control over. And we certainly have no control of the rain falling from the sky, the sun rising each day and most other things. But the belief is there for what will come after is what we have seen before.
We can plan for something, but plans can go awry. Trust and faith can be shaken, but if you choose to hold on, continue to pray and believe things will turn out for your good, you will get through. And you will come through difficulties stronger.
I think it must be so lonely and upsetting to not have faith in anything other than your own skills and abilities. Then what happens when severe illness strikes and you are left with a broken, sick body? It must be overwhelming to then have nothing but your own skills to see you through.
Our Lord came to earth, walked and lived among people, as a man, although He was God. He chose to take our sins on himself, and die an agonizing death on a cross, to ensure a way for us to reach heaven through faith. He did this so all the sacrifices of the rules were done. He was the last–the final–sacrifice. We have only to believe in Him and we will be saved. That beats out any guarantee you can get. We believe and trust in Him and our lives change and improve. That is NOT to say we will always have smooth sailing, no problems or heartaches, but when the difficult times arise, we have the knowledge of knowing He is there and will help us overcome.
If we might believe in Him, follow Him and learn to love others as we love ourselves. This then would lead us to denying our own selfish manner, and instead give of ourselves, our possessions and our time for the benefit of others. Believing in Him through faith gives us everything we need.
It’s as easy as that. His sacrifice, our belief He died for us…Faith.
His sacrifice is the best of mybellaviews!