What is faith? Is it a feeling or a religious pronouncement? When I looked in the dictionary I found out the following;
Faith: complete confidence or trust in a person or a thing; belief that is not based on proof; belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion; primary idea of faith is trust
And my favorite definition: “strong, unshakeable belief in something without proof or evidence.”
The Encyclopedia Britannica states that faith is “an inner attitude, conviction or trust relating man to a supreme God or ultimate salvation. It also states that faith is the divinely inspired human response to God’s historical revelation through Jesus Christ, and consequently, is of crucial significance.”
Wow! A little bit of faith is a very powerful thing. I am reminded of a necklace my Mom used to have that had a little enclosed mustard seed inside it with this scripture printed on the back. Matthew 17:20 “For truly I tell you if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
In the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the word faith is mentioned 485 times. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” And another powerful quote comes from 2 Corinthians 5:7: “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
I am reminded of a song that echoes many of these very words. The song is “What Faith Can Do” by the band Kutless. Some of the lyrics are as follows:
“I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains, hope that doesn’t ever end. Even when the sky is falling, I’ve seen miracles just happen.
Silent prayers get answered, broken hearts become brand new.
That’s what faith can do.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard.
Impossible is not a word.
It’s just a reason for someone not to try….
Life is so much more than what your eyes are seeing.
You will find your way if you keep believing….”
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