Life is a struggle. At least, this is a fact that I have learned throughout my life. Whether it is physical pain, emotional pain, struggles with insecurities, or the continuing fight to grow a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, life is a struggle. Life’s struggles often frustrate our abilities to increase our faith.
The most important faith to develop is faith IN Christ.
To have faith IN Christ means to have full confidence, to be fully convinced. Faith is a belief in the unseen. Faith is trust.
Faith is not hoping or wishing. Faith is knowing.
“… if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” – Alma 32:21 Faith is hope in true principle. To have faith does not mean that I believe God will give me what I ask for when I ask for it. Sometimes it is better that we pass through trials so that we can know the peace we find on the other side.
Having faith IN Christ is to have faith in His healing power; Faith that He is mindful of our situation; Faith that He will strengthen us in our trials; and faith that if we endure well, we can qualify for eternal life. Faith IN Christ is knowing what to ask for – knowing the difference between the Lord’s will and my own selfish desires.
When I ask for something, having faith IN Christ, I ask in accordance with God’s will. He will grant according to my desires. God knows me. God loves me. God wants me to succeed and to return to His presence. God knows that this journey of faith includes trials, trouble and challenges because these experiences, this trial of faith, teaches about joy, true joy. (see 1 Peter 1:7).
We must learn to trust God’s plan for us. We must submit to His will.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The scriptures say that “faith without works is dead.” Faith without action is not faith at all. When you have faith IN Christ, when you not only believe His words, when we believe Him, we act differently.
Expectation is a sign of your faith.
“Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible.” – Sir William Osler.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
Sometimes it is hard to be still in the midst of a trial. It is possible.