I know the definition:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
I know of the importance:
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Yet the question I continue to work through is this:
Is faith believing God can or believing God will?
If I believe God can, but am not sure God will, is that still faith?
I am convinced of God’s ability. I do not doubt His power. I do not doubt His authority.
The Bible speaks to the fact that prayer has the power to move God’s heart and God’s hand. (Luke 18:4; James 5:16) The Bible speaks to the fact that there are some things that I do not have because I have yet to ask for them (James 4:2). The Bible even speaks to the fact that when I present a specific request to God, (at least in the case of wisdom) my doubt has the power to prevent me from receiving it (James 1:6).
So does that mean if I have faith, God will give me what I ask for?
After all, Paul was a follower of Jesus who authored most of the New Testament and yet God did not remove what he called his “thorn” in 2 Corinthians 12:7.
And even Jesus desired to fulfill His mission in a way other than the one God the Father chose (Luke 22:42).
It is that encounter Jesus had with His Father (prior to His arrest) that most helps me understand faith.
Jesus said, ““Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
I know God can. I hope God will. But when all is said and done, I trust God to do what is best. With each day that passes, I understand God less..and yet I trust Him more. This is my expression of faith.