What is Faith?

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to share on this blog at least once a week. I would like to write about some basic principles that I feel our society has neglected over the years. For the last thirty years, I’ve witnessed the passion of the environmental movement to save our planet but I’ve also witnessed the lack of attention given to what pollutes our culture. The mission of the weekly post is to offer some thoughts and ideas as we prepare for the journey ahead. The first principle is Faith.

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing. It is the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, or engagement. In our criminal system, we convict criminals in many cases with witnesses. In Christianity, the twelve disciples witnessed the life of Christ. Whether it is the conviction of a criminal with witnesses or the conviction of our hearts from the eyewitnesses of Christ’s life, decisions are made easier because of witnesses. The disciples were twelve witnesses chosen to know and believe God so they could testify to future generations. When we look at the beauty of this world – the mountaintops – flowers in spring – change of seasons and the beauty of fall – the first snow of winter, everyone has the opportunity to witness the miracle of creation and believe that God is the one who did it. Nothing can compare to faith in God. His power opened the waters of the sea as a path to safety for Moses and His people. His promise for the future is greater and greater with each new invention that He inspires.

God works in mysterious ways and we must really be attentive to the different ways that He can provide us with our needs. The following story gives an example. A man had total faith in God and lived in a house by a great river. One night there was a flood and the man climbed on the roof. After some time, men came by on a boat to rescue him, but he refused. “I have faith that God will rescue me.” Soon after, another boat came to rescue him and again he refused: “I have faith in God.” Considerably later a helicopter flew over and let down a rope ladder, but the man waved them away, shouting, “I have faith in God to rescue me!” The force of the water finally broke up the house and the man was drowned. He went to Heaven, and when he saw God he asked, “Oh God, God, I had such faith in you, and you let me drown. Why? Why?” God said, “What do you mean, let you drown? I sent you two boats and a helicopter didn’t I?

For an inspirational start to each day, join the journey. I welcome other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the facebook page at this link: This Day With God or give me a tweet on Twitter.


About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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