The Object of Our Faith
“Have faith in God”. (Mark 11:22) Faith is a hopeful expectation, a belief that something is true, reliable and trustworthy. Faith, though widely used in religion, is not solely a religious concept. We can have faith in many things, but it is the object of our faith that matters most.
Hebrews 11:1-5, defines faith and gives us examples of what it means to have faith in God. Verse 6 says that without it, faith, it is impossible to please God because, to sum it up, 1) faith requires that we believe that God exists and 2) that we make him the absolute object of our faith. To believe that God is, does not speak only of his mere existence but also his character and his sovereignty because the Bible says that the demons believe in God. (James 2:19)
So, let us judge ourselves by the words of Jesus. In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus illustrates the posture of one who puts their complete trust in God. In fact, he said that our heart would be where our treasure is, treasure meaning that which we value. Whether we have riches or not; those that have are concerned with keeping it and those that don’t have are concerned with getting it. (Proverbs 30:7-9; Ecclesiastes 5:10, 11)
We cannot serve God and mammon. It’s about where our trust lies – where our faith is. Why do we work? How do we feel when we lose our job? Why do we play the lottery? Why do people confess scriptures? What is the object of our faith when we go to work, play the lottery, or confess scripture? Is it God? Is it income, security or survival?
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33, KJV) When you read that scripture did your heart sink? Did any anxiety or frustration come over you? You may say, “Well that sounds good, but it doesn’t solve my problem.” The point isn’t that seeking the kingdom of God will solve our immediate need, in the sense that doing so will cause the manifestation of our desire. The point is that we must place our faith in God and seek Him always and in all we do and trust that He will take care of us.
We must be careful that our hearts do not deceive us to believe that we are seeking God when we are really seeking what we desire. Is it only necessary to fast and pray when in distress and praise and worship when things are going well? God knows all, as He is the discerner of the heart – He knows our true motives, even when we are unaware of it. (James 4:2-3)
God’s provision is a display of His love and mercy towards us. This doesn’t simply mean that He will give us whatever we need or want, it also means that He will protect us from that which will harm us. Your parents protected you from desires that would harm you and God, being our heavenly father, isn’t any different.
God provides in ways that are not according to the way we imagine things would or should go. It is in these moments when we must recognize and acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Things happen that are not our fault and other times, things do not go according to how we planned. But, God is able to make all things work together for our good. (Romans 8:28) Have faith in God.