Twenty Things I Want to Tell My Sons
Chapter 3

 

God Wants Faith

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6

A question that many people ask at one time or another is “What does God want?” God wants faith. He wants us to believe in Him, to seek Him, to trust Him, to call upon His name and be saved. Gaining faith in God is the single most life changing thing that can happen to a person. It transforms us completely. Our entire person is positively affected by faith in God. Faith in God touches every aspect of our life. Faith enables us to have a relationship with God. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for and gives us the ability to live out God’s plan for our lives (Hebrews 11). Faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ is key to living the Christian life and is the pathway into His grace.

Real faith is characterized by trusting God. It is believing Him, believing what He says (His word). Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to "trust in the Lord with all of our heart" and to not "lean on our own understanding". We are to "acknowledge Him in all of our ways" and He will "make our paths straight". This verse speaks to faith in God, trusting Him even above our own understanding of things. Whether we are talking about God's word, things that happen in our life, knowledge, eternity, heaven and hell, judgment, the creation, whatever - we are to trust God above our own understanding. Faith is trusting that God exists and has our best interest at heart, that God's word is true, that God has good judgment, that He knows what He is doing, that He means what He says, etc. It is like the trust a child has in a parent. That level of trust should characterize our faith in God. We are finite and are limited in our ability to understand things. We simply don't know and understand everything. He does. Trust Him.

Faith is believing God. By faith we enter into the atoning work that Christ accomplished on the cross and Christ’s righteousness is made ours. By faith we enter into God's grace and are born again. True faith results in action. Faith is dead if it does not affect the way we live our lives (James 2:14-26). Real faith results in good works. Faith can move mountains. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). Crossing the threshold of faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ marks the beginning of our journey, our walk with God. Maintaining our faith and keeping it fresh and strong ensures a strong finish. He perfects our faith as we journey through life with Him. And He will finish the work that He has started in us (Philippians 1:6).  One of the most amazing things about faith, is that we didn’t choose Him, but He chose us (John 15:16). In other words, Jesus believes in us, in our ability to live a life of faith in Him. He has faith in us, that we can do it, that we can follow Him and do what He did, that we can live this life of faith and finish strong. He chose us. (Rom 8:29-30) He called us and has faith that we can successfully follow Him. Not only do we have our faith in Him, but the faith of the Son of God is also at work in us. Be a man of faith.

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"Choose you this day whom you will serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15