What is faith? The dictionary defines is as the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Synonyms for faith include, reliance, dependence and belief.
I think all of those words sum up fairly well what God wants, and expects from us when it comes to our faith. He wants us to rely, or depend upon Him to provide for us, and our needs, even when we don’t fully understand what that is ourselves. He wants us to have complete trust in Him and His love for us. He wants us to walk through each day confident that He is by our side, walking each step of our journey with us.
But if faith is the cornerstone of our relationship with God, why is faith is so incredibly difficult to find? And, in our modern world, where we have come to rely on science and technology to give us answers, questions about faith are even harder to answer. We want proof for our belief, proof before we will believe.
I’ve been reading the book God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace recently. And, while I haven’t gotten all the way through it yet, the case for a creator of the universe, as presented by a seasoned detective who solved more than his share of cold cases, is compelling. I can and would suggest you read it, but here’s the thing… You are only going to be convinced if you want to be convinced.
Haven’t you noticed that about people these days? Everyone is a debater. Everyone has an opinion that they are convinced is right, but very few people are actually willing to listen to an alternative viewpoint. If you are struggling to believe, with your faith, then I would suggest that there is really only one thing you can do. Make a decision. Decide to believe. If you’re wrong, and there is no God, then what have you lost? You’ve lived a life of love? You’ve found strength and comfort in times of sorrow? You’ve found meaning or a purpose for your existence? But if there is a God, and you don’t believe…you’ve lost out on the greatest gift possible. An eternity in heaven, bathed in the overwhelming love of God. For me, belief is an easy win, win situation. But an eternity in heaven isn’t the reason I believe.
We are an aimless people without faith. We were designed by our creator to have a searching soul, to have a place in our hearts that needs to be filled with something. Some people choose to fill that searching with money, with material possessions, with fame. And I would be a hypocrite to not acknowledge that God has blessed my family with a comfortable life. But it’s not the house, or the cars or the big TV’s that fill my heart with joy every morning; that bring me to my knees. It’s love of God. It’s being loved by God.
If you are struggling in your belief I would offer you this comfort…you are struggling because there is a part of you that can’t ignore God’s call. You can try to drown it out with the world around us, but if He is determined to have you as His child, there is no power on earth strong enough to stand in His way. Take heart, and make a leap and choose faith. What have you got to lose? What could you possibly gain?