Humans are spiritual creatures. We have been since we were first created, which is why the human race has been so drawn to a variety of religions since the beginning of mankind. However, even though we naturally crave to feel connected to a power bigger than us, losing faith is still very common.
Okay, so what exactly is faith? In Hebrews 11:1, the Bible defines faith as the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. So while it is important to believe in the Bible, the Bible isn’t what we need to have faith in. Somehow, we have to be able to have faith in the parts of God that we don’t see.
That’s probably the hardest part of Christianity. We need to be able to have faith that God knows what he is doing and has plans for our future and present. It definitely doesn’t seem like that all the time, and God doesn’t necessarily want everything that happens in His plan to occur, such as loved ones dying.
However, those are the works of Satan, and God has an ineffable plan that we need to trust in. We need to believe that He has our best interests at heart and if we fully believe that, then we can eventually go to Heaven, which is free of Earthly suffering. To get there though, we have to have that initial faith.
Jesus gave us advice on how to grow and strengthen our faith. In Matthew 17:20, He compares the beginning of people’s faith to a mustard seed. A mustard seed is the smallest seed there is, but it is still a seed. Just as you would any seed, but specifically a mustard seed in this case, with time and care, the plant will grow. By reading God’s word, praying, and talking to others about what you believe in, that little seed can create a beautiful faith.
However, this post is called faithfulness is a two way street for a reason. While we need to have faith in God, we also need to know that God has faith in us. It makes it significantly easier to believe in God if we know that He believes in us back.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” God is watching out for us, and that isn’t just another phrase to be tossed around. No, multiple times in the Bible God promises to take care of us, and with this promise, we should feel comfortable relying on Him.
When we can count to God to have our backs and take care of us, life becomes more comfortable. We know that we always have someone on our side who truly cares for us and will always be there.