This is a devotional written by Elizabeth Aryee (Mrs.) on the subject of Faith.
The bible defines FAITH in Heb. 11:1 as being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.
Faith is the believe that God is real and that God is good. It is a choice to believe that the one who made it all hasn’t left it all and that He still sends light into the shadows and responds to gestures of faith.
Faith is the believe that God will do what is right even though we do not see Him, yet we trust Him for that.
In the book “A woman’s journey with God: Joni Eareckson Tada wrote “faith means believing in realities that go beyond sense and sight ….. being aware of unseen divine realities all around you.”
But Ruth said, “don’t beg me to leave you or to stop following you. Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Ruth had no idea what the future held, but she had FAITH in the God of Israel. After the loss of her husband, father-in-law, Ruth was so convinced that the God of Israel was the true God that she told her mother-in-law that “where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God”.
Perhaps it was her mother-in-law Naomi, who influence her to put her faith in God, or God may have visited her in her need, convincing her of His goodness and power. Whatever her source of motivation , it is clear that Ruth made the correct decision. She placed her faith in God the Creator. As Christians, we should do no less.
Abraham also demonstrated that faith in Romans 4:2 & 3; It says “If Abraham was made right by the things he did, he had a reason to brag. But this is not God’s view, because Scripture says Abraham believed God, and God accepted his faith, and that faith made him right with God.”
Our faith will not be whole unless we are made right with God or unless we are circumcised. Circumcision here means cleanse from unrighteousness.
The Bible exhorts us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Heb. 12:2. The journey of life is a journey of faith when we look up to Jesus as our savior and guide. He makes that journey with us, and he makes that journey worthwhile. Let us then, build our lives on the firm foundation: faith in the Son and faith in the Father.
2 Chronicles 20:20 said “ …. have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld.
2 Cor. 5:7 said “we live by faith, not by sight.”
Corrie Ten Boom wrote “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that He can see.”
Let us all join Timothy to say in 2 Timothy 4:7 & 8 that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, not only to me but to all those who have waited with love for him to come again.”