How does faith come?
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
I don’t want to skip over this scripture which has been pivotal in my faith walk. I think of it often and used to believe that it was talking about growing my faith. I thought that in order to have stronger faith it was all about getting more of God’s Word (the Bible) on the inside of me. It is true that taking in and knowing more of the scripture enables me to know more of who God is, what He is like and trust Him more, but that isn’t a true relationship with God. A relationship with God grows from personal interaction with Him. Knowing that He hears me when I talk to Him and me purposefully listening to what He is speaking to my heart. This is also where faith comes from.
I want to explore faith in this context because faith is all about our relationship with the Father through our Savior Jesus with the help or empowerment (ability to hear God’s message) from His Holy Spirit. Faith is not believing for what God can do, it’s acting on what God has said He will do. (This explains the phrase “God’s will”.) Making decisions based on what God can do isn’t wisdom or faith. Let’s look again at the clear biblical definition of how faith comes. The true biblical meaning of how faith comes is found in today’s scripture that says faith comes by hearing. It’s as simple as that. Purposefully seeking God for what to believe and how to pray for a specific problem or circumstance is where we place our faith.
Again, I’ll use the illustration of Peter stepping out of the boat when acting on the Word Jesus gave him. If Jesus hadn’t told Him to come, Peter would not have had any reason to have faith to step out of the boat. Peter’s faith was based on Jesus’ word or permission to come to Him on the water (see Matthew 14:28).
The point is that if God hasn’t said it, there is nothing to have faith in. Faith doesn’t begin with you or me, faith begins with God. If God has said it, we can have faith for it! Faith isn’t about us, it’s about God and His Words. Faith is less about what we can do and more about what we can hear. This is good news because it takes all the pressure off us and the mystery out of the circumstances. It also gives a vision and a hope of what God says the outcome will be. We don’t have to imagine how God will get us there, we just have to believe that He showed us the end result and has the power to make it happen. If you can hear it, He can do it. A faith life realizes that God-given faith is powerful and can move mountains and that you don’t need a lot of it for impossible things to happen. Jesus said if you have faith even the size of a mustard seed (Matt. 17:20) you can move mountains. That means a faith life has little to do with what you contribute to it and a lot to do with what God is speaking into it. Faith is about trusting the One who is speaking not trusting your own ability to perfectly believe. Glory to God!
Today I want to encourage you to get a “Word” from God to hang on to in faith. Faith is like a hanger you hang on the “rod” of God’s Word. If there isn’t any Word from God (rod) your hanger just falls to the ground. Realize that faith isn’t about believing for whatever you want, it’s about believing God for what He has said. Our Heavenly Father has the answer and solutions for all our trouble, and He desires to get us to the best results. It’s up to us to take the time to hear from Him. If we know we’ve heard Him, whether through scripture or His still small voice, we can have mountain moving faith as we believe Him to accomplish His Word and promises! Thank Him every day for the words He has given you through scripture or speaking to your heart and every time you are tempted to worry about the situation, just thank Him some more that He has spoken the answer and is working on it, even right now.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 10:14-21