Have you ever been told, “You just need to have more faith!?” Perhaps you’ve thought, “If I just had more faith …” Ever thought, “Maybe if I was more of an optimist than a pessimist, I might be better off?”
But, where does faith come from? Where does your faith come from? In what or whom do you place your faith? Is it in the leadership of our country? Your financial “nest egg?” A medical group who tell you that you’ll live to be 90 because of studying your family tree? They’re all legitimate channels to build faith from. Most often it’s in our own abilities and what we are able to control in our lives. We admire optimists rather than pessimists. I’m reminded of an old quip, “A pessimist is merely an educated optimist.”
Ever been told, “You just need to have more faith?” Ever said to yourself, “I wish I had more faith that …?” For Christians, our faith is in the Lord, the perfect Father, who has chosen and called us into His family with the wonderful promise of a great, future inheritance. We have been told in His inspired Word the Bible that, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”(Romans 10:17). So, our faith comes from listening not contriving or initiating something to have faith and belief in. We don’t depend on faith that comes from us, or faith in anything else in this world.
As our currency says, “In God We Trust.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God’s Word is all that we need to act. We are expected and compelled to act, move out, serve, trust and be hopeful based on what we hear in God’s Word. We shouldn’t be proud of our hope or our optimistic self. Just as our salvation comes to us as a gift, so does our faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
So, if we don’t have enough faith … if you don’t have enough faith … perhaps the answer is to set aside some time and “Listen up!” For those who may wonder if there really is a God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit … why not spend some time alone, in quiet, and wait, listen, and ask Him to reveal Himself?
When you’re out alone, driving, fishing, working in the yard, make yourself available. Turn off the car radio or any other sounds as necessary. Consider the possibilities. Could you be missing the greatest opportunity there is in life? Would you like to have more faith, more hope, and a brighter outlook on life, the future, and the days to come?
The true answer isn’t the church. But, that’s where we need to be because we need each other’s fellowship and support as we try to walk this faith journey. We, the churches in your community, would welcome the opportunity to help you find and meet the True Answer.
Pastor Bill Baltz is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.