Faith-Gaining The Approval of God
For the Christian – faith is assurance, faith is substance, faith is conviction, faith is a firm confidence in God. Faith is knowing His promises are true.
In Scripture God makes promises and we choose to believe them. Such as, believe in Jesus, the Son of God, and you will inherit eternal life (Jn. 3:16); Or, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5); Or, pray with thanksgiving and God’s peace will guard your hearts and minds (Phil. 4:5,6). We then make life choices based on these promises which may not make sense to others around us. They may ask, “Are you crazy?” or “Why are you doing ‘that’?” and our answer may simply be, “God has promised, I believe Him and I’m acting on it.” Bold faith.
When God promised Abraham he would have a son, Abraham believed God…bold faith. When God told Noah it was going to rain and he should build an ark, Noah believed God…bold faith. When God told Gideon to reduce the size of the army and promised a great victory over the Midianites, Gideon believed God…bold faith.
Faith is that tangible intangible that causes us to know that we can trust God. We can walk by faith in God and not by sight (the circumstantial evidence that is apparent around us) because our faith is the substance that others cannot see. And this gains God’s approval! Remember, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The 3-D magic eye pictures help us to understand faith. To many, those pictures are just some fancy designs. But to those who can see the wonderful 3-D objects that appear there is no question whatsoever that those objects are embedded within those pictures. Faith is like that. It can see the fulfillment of God’s promise, even when others can’t, and confidently makes life choices based on the promise.
As John MacArthur put it: “Faith actualizes into reality an unseen truth and commits a life to it.” Faith comes from hearing God. Today, this week, this month put yourself in a place where you can hear the still small voice of God (and you might even hear his voice like a bullhorn). Then you can confidently live with Bold Faith because you know you ‘see’ what others cannot!
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” JDB