The Mystery of Faith

The Mystery of Faith

Can you define faith? Not the easiest thing to explain to another person, is it? The closest thing to a Bible definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I bet that cleared up the whole question for you, right? Honestly, faith remains puzzling for many people. As a result, we often wonder in our hearts whether we have any faith at all (or at least the right kind).

Paul was a prisoner on board a ship headed for Rome. But that ship was being battered by a storm. It seemed that none of the 276 passengers would survive the voyage. After 14 days, it looked as if they would be swallowed up by the sea. But then God spoke by an angel to His servant Paul.

KJV Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Notice Paul’s conclusion: “I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Did you catch it? Paul just defined faith for you. Faith is believing that what God tells me is true.

Are you taking what God says to be true?

  • What about His word to remember your sins no more (Heb. 8:12)?
  • What about His word not to leave you (Matt. 28:20)?
  • What about His word that He cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7)?
  • What about His word to meet all your needs (Phil. 4:13)?

Faith may still hold some mysteries, but this is a great place to start: believe what God says is so!