Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

How would you define faith? gives multiple definitions:

1) “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”

2) “Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on the spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”

3) “A system of religious belief.”

4) “A strongly held belief or theory.”

Which one of these most closely resonates with you?

The Bible—unquestionably more important and valuable to us than a dictionary—also has quite a lot to say about what faith means and how it looks in our lives. Scripture says it is impossible to please God apart from faith. Why is that so? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both of these facts: that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to our needs when we seek Him. Faith is the fundamental belief that God lives and rules. Faith is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.

To have faith simply means to believe something is true and then commit your life to it. Faith is the basic ingredient needed to begin a relationship with God. Our faith is the connecting power that links us with our Creator and makes our relationship with Him a tangible reality. Today, be determined to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

• Where would you say you most often place your faith? How does your life show evidence of this?

• Do you have faith in God to provide what you are hoping for? Why or why not?

• Pray and thank God for the gift of faith. Ask Him for greater faith in Him that impacts your daily life.