“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
The opposite of faith is fear. If our life is riddled with fear, we need to work on our faith. Faith knows that God has our best interest at heart, even when we question Him. Faith says, “God, I don’t understand, but I trust You anyway.”
Faith is difficult when times are difficult. If life is going according to plan, faith is almost elementary. In the Christian life, our true growth comes in times of trials. Trials and temptations literally exercise our faith. It’s easy to depend on self when times are easy. We must learn to depend on God when times are tough. The easy times should produce thankfulness. The tough times produce more faith.
If life isn’t going according to plan, look for ways to strengthen your faith. Suggestions are praying more often, praying for longer periods of time, reading the Bible (most especially, The Book of Psalms), finding a devotional book that speaks directly to your struggle in life, or reaching out to a Christian friend.
Faith is confidence. Insecurity is not faith. Faith is hope. Doom and gloom are not parts of faith. Faith is the assurance that God is near whether we see Him or not. Our inability to see God doesn’t produce blind faith. On the contrary. Our willingness to believe in a God we cannot see opens our spiritual minds to great possibilities. It’s called, “Faith,” not “Fiction.”