Today we move onto the second sola which is ‘Sola Fide’ – Faith alone. But what is faith?
A story is told of an African village that had experienced a five-year-long drought. A pastor in the village decided to call the villagers for a special prayer meeting to ask God for rain. When the day arrived, everyone gathered at the church. There one little girl caught everybody’s attention. It was 35c outside, but she came carrying an umbrella and wearing a pair of wellington boots.
When asked about them, she said, “We have come to pray for rain and I don’t want to get wet on the way home.”
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1, NIV
As the verse above illustrates, faith is having confidence in what you hope for. The little girl in the story above had confidence in her hope. She had faith that their prayers would yield results. But what makes faith really fascinating is the second part of that verse – it is having the assurance of what we do not see.
People of faith do not need to see it in order to believe it. Once you have seen a Bible promise, all you need to do is believe it. In due course, it will come to pass. It might happen within seconds, or it could take years – but faith means, God said it so it will happen.
According to the dictionary, faith can be defined as having “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” In our Christian context, the trust and confidence are in God. Our faith is not is someone or something that can fail, but the One who is always faithful.
The Greek word that is translated as faith in the New Testament is the word pistis which literally means to be properly persuaded. Being properly persuaded means getting to a point where you are convinced that there is nothing that can succeed against what you are hoping for. When we completely set our gaze on the greatness of God and put our faith in Him, everything else seems possible and nothing is impossible for Him.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
- What do you think has been making you doubt the promises of God in your life?
- What can you do to change this?
Father, thank You for the gift of faith. Help me to trust when my faith is weak. Help me not to focus on the obstacles of faith but on your greatness. In Jesus’ name,