What is faith and how important is it? Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing. The Biblical definition is found in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance (substance) of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence) of things not seen.” Saving faith is to place your trust in God and to believe that He exists while having confidence that He can do what He says He will do. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. This personal relationship begins with salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 explains, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Your faith is only as good as your faith object. Your faith constructs your belief system. Your belief system forms your values. Your values help determine your convictions. Your convictions assist with forming choices and making decisions. The choices we make help guide our future. Consequences are the result of decisions made, whether good or bad.
This is the reason why where we place our faith is so important. What is the object of our trust, confidence, and belief? Where do we go for help when we are overwhelmed and at the end of our rope? Where do we turn when we reach the point of despair and the place of being helpless and hopeless?
I encourage you to place your faith in Almighty God. He has proven Himself to be faithful, reliable and more than able!
Jimmie Hale Mission