Faith is one of the most important elements that the Bible tells us. By faith, we were saved. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8
And if you want to please God, faith is the number one in the list. “For without faith, it is impossible to please God” – Hebrews 11:6
These were the two of my three favorite passages about faith. The other one was came from our Lord Jesus Christ Himself:
“…for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” – Matthew 17:20
These three passages applied faith on three different aspects; our worship to God, ourselves and our salvation.
A lot of people still can’t grasp the power of faith and what it can do. Faith can produce miracles. Faith can make believers do the impossible. Faith can change lives. Faith can help us endure. Faith can give us wisdom. Faith gives us Hope. And the best of all, faith can please God and perform His will.
Matthew 8:13 is one of the best demonstration of God pleased and worked because of a believer’s faith. Jesus was marveled and admired the faith of the Centurion. Usually it is the people who are marveled with the works of our Lord. But this time, it is our Lord who had marveled on a person. He’s more impressed with the Centurion’s faith than Peter’s brag of faith when they walked on the sea. He definitely knows what is genuine and what is just a cover-up. Please read Matthew 8:5-13.
Another great display of faith is from the widow of Zarephath. This widow was visited by the prophet Elijah. Prophet Elijah was ordered by God to go to Zarephath, search for this widow and ask her to feed him (as there was a famine all over the land). And Elijah did what God has said. When he saw the widow, he didn’t hesitate to ask for food from the widow (another great display of faith here. Elijah didn’t felt shame on asking from a (poor, starving) widow. He did exactly what God ordered him to do).
Despite of being starved and in the middle of a famine, the widow still gave to the prophet what was supposed to be their (her and her son) last meal.
The widow obeyed to what the prophet had said, and lo and behold, the last amount of flour and the last drop of oil never run out. Although they didn’t gained a mount-full of supply, their hand-full supply of flour and oil became unlimited.
Another story of faith is the woman with an issue of bleeding and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. The woman was healed because “…her faith hath made her whole.” – Matthew 9:22
Another story is a woman begging for Jesus’ help and mercy. This woman was ignored by Jesus but the woman was persistent: “yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” And Jesus was impressed and the woman was healed. (Matthew 15:22)
Now, have you noticed a similarity on these stories of faith?
These stories of faith featured unknown characters. The Bible doesn’t even mentioned their name. They are not as huge character as Moses and Paul but they displayed a huge amount of genuine faith and they both witness a miracle from God and gained benefit from it.
These passages are proof that even ordinary people like us can impress God through our faith. God also is not looking on who we are, but what we can do for Him.
Another aspect that needs faith is our prayer. Not also a lot of people are aware of the power of prayer. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” – Matthew 21:22. This made me come up with an equation: the power of Prayer + the power of Faith = God working.
However, we are also familiar with the faith of big names on the Bible such as Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22), Moses’ obedience to the Lord (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers), Elijah’s battle of faith against false prophets and false gods (1 Kings 18), the unmovable faith of Job (Job), etc.
So, how an individual or ordinary people like us can have faith in God? The Bible tells us that: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.
We should listen and learn about the word of God first. And when we witness the power of His words and His works, then we will have faith.
Jesus taught us what faith as big as the mustard seed is capable of. Now imagine what a faith way bigger than the mustard seed can do.