Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead —since he was about a hundred years old —and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Romans 4:16-25
Faith is central to our belief system, much as it was to Abraham’s. There are things that God has shown us or wants us to do that we have absolutely no idea how it will come to pass. In the present state, there is just no way, that is, without a direct intervention from God.
That’s where faith comes in.
We all struggle with these issues because they are not natural to our thinking. We want to solve problems. We want to think through logical ways of accomplishing tasks.
Faith requires us to trust.
And it’s not just for the “life” situations like college, marriage, kids, careers. It’s for the day to day living. It’s a healthy dependence on God – not our careers or family or social network. It’s a daily affirmation that we need Him. Period. No excuses. No alibis.
I think we’ve lost that in our Facebook-Twitter-Myspace-Email-24HourNews connected society. And no we don’t need to be on God’s Facebook page or to be followed by God.
We need to actively pursue God.
Daily. Regularly. Faithfully.
That’s the essence of faith.