Monday, August 9, 2010

Faith. What is it?

I've been thinking of this word called faith and I decided to look it up and do some research.

The word faith comes from the greek. From peitho; persuasion, i.e. Credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself -- assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

So faith is a word to describe being persuaded into belief. So how does one persuade one to faith? It comes from hearing something and being compelled to believe it by the authority of the presenter.

When I was a child, I had faith that whatever my parents told me was true. I had faith that they would not deceive me. That's the kind of faith our Father in heaven is looking for in us. That childlike faith, that credence.

But here's the thing...as I started getting older yet not necessarily wiser, I started putting my faith, my credence in the world. I started believing what the world was promising. Unending happiness, joy and contentment...as long as I was buying or wanting the most updated thing. "I'll be happier with this new Iphone4g because the commercial tells me it's better then the previous 4 I phone versions. It's always better to have the best, the newest right?"

In return for our faith, God has His part in this as well. The greek word emunah means faithfulness. It has the meaning of firmness, steadfastness, fidelity. So with our faith, we are rewarded with faithfulness from the Father.

And on the other foot, even without faith, God still is emunah. He is steadfast and firm.

So is it bad that your faith fails you sometimes? Will God look down and say, "There goes Joe again...lost his faith...I guess I don't have to faithful anymore"? No...you see it's synergistic. We believe and have faith and we see His faithfulness and His steadfast and firm faithfulness helps our faith.

Take that step today, no matter what your circumstance. Plug into God's faithfulness and He will help with your faith whether it be strong or crumbling right now. He's always there and He will always be there.

Thanks for letting me share.