Have you ever given much thought to your faith? I’m not necessarily speaking about our faith in God, just faith in general. We all have faith. Most of us have electricity, running water in our homes, and a vehicle. We have those things because we have faith. We have faith that when we flip the switch, the light will come on, when we plug in the tv and hit power it will show a picture and have sound. We have faith that when we turn the faucet water will come out and when we turn the key or press the button the vehicle will start. At the gas pump, we have faith that we are pumping gas into our tanks and not some other liquid. We have faith that when we put pen or pencil to paper we will see the markings on the page. From start to finish throughout our day we all have faith in a variety of things.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
There are many that will tell you that our faith is only as good as the object or person we have faith in. The problem is that is only part of the equation. Hebrews tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, right? That means someone is doing the hoping. While we can have faith in God, that is only a piece of the puzzle. Faith is an action word, without action on our part we are simply waiting for a handout from God and calling it faith.
If I go into an abandoned house, flip the light switch, and expect the light to come on, the likelihood is I will be sorely disappointed. I can have faith in electricity all day long, but if the electricity to the home has been turned off, there will be no light. Let’s say I decide this house would be a great home and I buy it. I call the electric company to have the electricity turned on, flip the switch again, and now the light will come on. I had to take action in order for the lights to work. We must take action with our faith.
You’ll soon be seeing posts under the Bible Study section going over the individuals in Hebrews 11 and we’ll see exactly what their faith looked like. These post will have printables to help guide you in your study. Fear not, it won’t just be me rambling on and on! Until then I want to leave you with the following story:
Two neighboring farmers looked out over their dry and dusty fields. The previous year they were in a drought, but the coming year was to be even worse. As another season of drought was predicted both farmers asked God to send rain. Weeks passed and no rain. Yet one of the farmers put action to their faith; he climbed on his tractor, plowed fields, and planted seeds. When the rain came only one farmer reaped a harvest. Why? Simply because he put action behind his faith. Are you putting action to your faith?