What is Faith?
A reflection by Maso Buggs, Jr., a disciple of Jesus Christ and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
The Bible declares that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is translated from the Greek word, pistis, which can also mean assurance or belief. For the Christian, faith is believing in God and trusting wholeheartedly in Him. Faith can begin with seeing the wonders of God, such as what He has created – the mountains, the sea, every living creature – all reveal our Creator’s invisible hand. The Genesis record confirms that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
But our faith must grow beyond what we can see. Our faith must grow to become active, living in the believer’s heart. The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, that is to say, hearing the Word of God.”(Romans 10:17).
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “…that without faith, it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to God must believe in Him and believe that God is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.” In others words, faith is trusting that God’s promises are true. Here is one of God’s promises – “that He will never leave us or forsake us.” Here is another promise from God – “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me…” (Psalm 23:4). God has prepared a place for us to be with Him forever; the Bible calls it, heaven. No one reach heaven without first believing in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who was crucified for our sins and who was raised from the dead for our sins (Romans 10:9-10).
Today, we are challenged with reasons why we should just lose hope and not trust in God. But I say faith is required to live in today’s world. That is why it is important to pray, worship, and to study the Bible because these things will encourage us to keep the faith and will help us to continue to stand strong in the Lord. Someone once said, ‘Seeing is believing…” That may be true for some things, but for the Christian, hearing is believing the Word of God.
by Maso Buggs, Jr. 2013