“Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
The Christian faith is not founded on a what (an ideology, a theory, or system), but a who: God Incarnate, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
In whom we place our faith is of the utmost importance. An individual may put his belief in anything or anyone, but only the sovereign, Almighty God is utterly trustworthy and completely capable.
“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12, emphasis mine).
Faith is belief and belief involves trust, without which there is no true faith.
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!’” (James 2:19).
Faith is not based on circumstance. None of the Old Testament heroes of faith (described in Hebrews 11) received in their lifetime what God promised and in fact were mostly persecuted and killed, yet they committed themselves fully to the living God. Their faith was firmly founded on God, not circumstance. They didn’t say, “When God comes through on his promises, then we will believe.” Their belief was in the person and character of God himself, not his gifts and blessings. This is how they weathered the storms of life and heavy persecution.
Faith is trustfully believing God is good, no matter what. Faith is never like a fair-weather friend, but always trusts, always follows, always obeys. Faith is believing that what God says about himself and us is true. Faith is not only believing that God is intimately acquainted with each one of us, but cares about us deeply, so deeply in fact that He sent us Jesus.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
If you read this blog, most likely you already believe in God. But do you trust Him? Do you believe God is good, no matter the circumstance? Will you continue to trust Him throughout the mundanity of daily life as well as in the midst of pain, suffering, and death? This is the stuff of faith. This is belief. How will you respond to God today?