Why is faith important? Faith provides us strength, not the strength that allows us to lift weights, but the inner strength to make us bold with the strength in our soul. The Psalmist said that in the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul (Psalm 138). It is through faith that we know who provides strength to our soul.
Hebrews 11:6 - New King James Version
Every believer wants to please God. The writer of Hebrews made it clear that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Abraham trusted God, and it was counted to him as righteousness. Because of Abraham’s faith he was a friend of God. God honors our faith commitment and faith opens the door to fellowship with God.
Strength comes from our faith in God. When we believe that God is real and that God will strengthen us at every turn, we become more willing to step out and face the risks that life produces. Even death doesn’t cause us to wavier.
I had these types of thoughts when I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. At that moment in my life, I saw two options going forward. First, I could die and go to be with God, or second, I could be healed and continue to serve the Lord. I was comfortable with either, and I completely gave the decision to God.
Either way, I would win because I had my God with me. Fear never entered my thinking. I did not fear death because I had faith in God and knew I would be in fellowship with Him either way. If death was the worst thing that could happen to me, then I did not have anything to fear. For me, this answered the question: why is faith important? That diagnosis came 14 years ago.
Why is faith important? Because every individual has been given a measure of faith. Since we have been given this measure of faith, what are we expected to do with it?
God expects every individual to utilize his faith for His glory. It is not a trophy to place on the mantle. It is to be used. It is to be exercised and to grow. Any activity or skill in life that is not used declines. Anything used grows. Exercising your faith will cause your faith to grow and blossom.
Paul encouraged the church in Rome to utilize their faith, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
Paul recognized that individuals start as babes in Christ, and he encouraged believers to strive for spiritual maturity. Whether a baby born into this world or one who is born into the Christian faith, you are not born mature. You have work to do.
God’s system is a system of growth, whether as a baby or a baby Christian. Whether as a young child learning to walk or a born-again Christian, we will fall. Our faith encourages us to get up and go again. We will continue to grow and mature if we don’t quit. It is faith that we cling to that gives us the courage to keep on keeping on.
Why is faith important? God created us to grow and mature. We were created to give glory to God, and we need faith in God to accomplish all that God has for us. Maintaining faith and remaining faithful is instrumental in seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Since life presents many challenges, faith helps us endure and navigate life. Faith in God is our source of strength, resilience, and direction.
What or who do you place your faith in? Do you only have faith in yourself and your ability to handle life’s challenges, or do you look to God for strength and courage to manage the tough times? James said, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
All good things do come from above. Strength and courage will continue to flow in our lives as long as we acknowledge that God is the source of all that is good. God is good, and God is always good.
When you look around, the things you see are temporary. They are not permanent. Your house, car, money, and even the body you see in the mirror. Paul expressed this idea to the church in Corinth. He said, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
How much better is it to seek those unseen things than those that will soon be gone? It is through faith that you can fellowship with the Father. Through faith, we can move closer to those things that last forever.
The next time you wonder why faith is important, consider all God has done for you. Name a few, and you will begin to smile. Not only does He want the best for you, but He is faithful, and you can always count on Him.