Today’s Blog is by Patrick Chin…
Faith is a tricky word. Its definition is tough to pin down. Dictionary.com has seven, yes, seven definitions for faith!
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4.belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement,etc.:
Failure to appear would be breaking faith.
7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath,allegiance, etc.:
He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
We all have faith!
We have faith that drivers will yield the right of way, that there will be a tomorrow, that the elevator that we’re on won’t plummet into the ground, etc.
Georgia Harkness put it this way… “One does not eat his dinner or lie down on his bed at night without faith that the food will nourish and not poison him, that the bed will support and not suffocate him.”
But what about faith in God? The God that governs all of the above. I sometimes feel that my faith is weak. That I do not have enough of this gift from God. That I need more faith. Ironically the disciples felt this way as well. Jesus’ reply in Matthew 17:20 was interesting. “And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
The word “littleness” (how does your bible version translate this verse?) brought about more questions and so I took a look at Luke 17:5-6 “And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.'”
Faith in God is like a muscle. Use it and it will grow bigger and stronger. Ignore it and you risk atrophy. Even the best bodybuilders weren’t born that way, but they were given that potential and then worked hard to develop their muscles. Some of us may have puny or “little” muscles, but if we exercise them properly they will grow. It is the same with faith.
So…how’s your faith?