When the Bible speaks of faith it is not speaking of the pop culture notion of faith that we often hear in casual conversation: Just have faith and it will happen. Believe it and you can achieve it. Or as we teach it to our kids: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
Hebrews 11 is the Hall of Faith. It begins with “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.” It is followed by a long list of people who placed their hope in God and found assurance in his word.
A number of years ago I crafted a definition of biblical faith: standing on the promises of God and trusting the character of God. According to one count there are 5,467 promises of God in our Bible. We can trust each one. God’s character is on full display through the pages of the Bible and we can trust him as our Creator, Provider, Sustainer, and Redeemer.
In our new normal of ever-changing news reports, new calamities around every corner, and outrage and division at all-time highs, we need something to stand upon and someone to trust.
Be a person of Biblical faith.