Do you ever wonder if the sun will be there in the morning when you wake up? Probably not, because you’re sure that it will. But, why are you sure?
Because for your entire life, you have woken up and it has been there – so you have a confident belief based on that daily evidence that you can see.
You could even say that you have “faith” that the sun will rise in the morning. That’s because faith is a confident belief in things unseen based on evidence that CAN be seen.
Solid houses are built upon strong foundations. Similarly, Christian faith is built upon the strong foundation of God’s word, the Bible, that contains His promises which always come true.
A readiness or willingness to believe something on just a little bit of uncertain evidence is called “credulity.” Credulous people will believe anything, but Christian faith is evidence-based. The Bible teaches us to prove our faith and not be credulous. 1 Thessalonians (5:21, RVIC) says, “…but prove all things;”
Maybe you are thinking you can’t see God, so how can you have faith He is there? We can’t see a wi-fi signal but the evidence of its existence is there when we are able to go online.
Likewise, we see the evidence of God’s existence just by looking outside. Think of our beautiful earth with animals, oceans and trees. Our sky dazzles us with stars, planets and galaxies. Everything in our physical world has orderly, arranged patterns. Order does not come from disorder.
Hebrews (11:6, NLT) says, “… it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists…”
Christians with faith don’t have to see God to know He is there. In fact, in 2 Corinthians (5:7, RVIC), the Apostle Paul says, “…we walk by faith and not by sight.” When faithful Christians follow God’s will, their faith is strengthened when they see the evidence of God working in their lives. Hebrews (11:1, NLT) says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
We can increase our faith by studying the Bible and learning more about God and His son, Jesus. We can read about God’s promises and see how they always come true. We can fellowship with other Christians to find out how God is working in their lives. We can open a direct line of communication to God through prayer. We can ask Him to help increase our faith.
So, what is faith? It’s a confident belief in something we can’t see (like God) – but this belief is built upon a strong foundation of evidence we CAN see, like God’s beautiful designs, His promises that come true, and His leadings in faithful Christian peoples’ lives.
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