Faith in God – Is it Possible?
Does it make sense to have faith in God? Is it possible to release all our fears and failures into God’s hands? Each time those questions are asked, the answer is always, “Yes.” There are times in our lives when the road ahead seems uncertain; when the answers we desperately seek are elusive. As long as we depend on our own understanding and reasoning, our faith will waiver.
God’s ways are incomprehensible: “‘My thoughts are completely different from yours,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine . . . my ways [are] higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8–9). We are so precious to God that His highest thoughts are about us; they can’t be counted (Psalm 139:17–18).
Knowing that God is our loving Heavenly Father makes it easier to release control of our lives to Him. Reneé is a young mother with a tiny son. For years, she watched her marriage deteriorate. She tried self-help classes as well as counseling. While both courses of action provided her with minimal peace, she remained despondent, apprehensive about her future as well as her son’s.
In her despair, Reneé sought help and counsel from the One who knew her best. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5). While her difficulties didn’t disappear overnight, Reneé now trusts her Protector and Deliverer, who is faithful and keeps all of His promises. Peace comes when we place our faith in God, not man.
Faith in God – Believing the Impossible
There will be times when our faith in God requires us to believe in the impossible. Sarah and Mary both experienced impossible circumstances. Though barren, at 90, Sarah became pregnant, fulfilling God’s promise as well as an oath (Hebrews 6:17–18). Abraham’s descendants would multiply into countless millions. God’s promises bring hope.
In fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14, the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary (Luke 1:31–32). Through an innocent girl, the Savior of mankind entered the world. In every case, faith in God requires us to anticipate answers that are infinite and eternal -- believing all things are possible.
Faith in God – Making it Personal
Our faith in God intensifies when we invite Jesus into our lives. In accepting that God’s ways are far better than our own, we can release that which we cannot manipulate or guarantee -- our future. Choosing to release control to the only One who is the Way, Truth, and Life gives us peace and security.
With faith in God, through His Son, we then can say, “I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in the earthly body by trusting the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).