As Brandon and I continue to feel as though we remain in a state of flux with so many unanswered prayers and unresolved questions I feel like I’m frequently being told to “Just have faith.” It is the advice that so many kind-hearted family members, friends, and acquaintances have shared as they try to find the words to tell us that everything will work out in our favor (although we all know that our dreams and God’s plan don’t necessarily always align).
That advice, so kindly offered, has left me questioning a lot about what faith is and what it means to have it. I’ve spent a lot of time lately reading through various stories in the Old and New Testaments for examples and I’ve researched a lot of Bible verses about faith. I am certain that there are others among you seeking the same answers so I decide to share them with you today.
Bible verses about faith
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:22-24 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 ESVNow faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1… Click To Tweet
That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” – Matthew 21:21 – 22 ESV
No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. – Romans 4:20 – 21 ESV
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9:23 ESV
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:5 – 8
Above all else, what I’m being reminded of is that these are the moments during which we should draw closer to God and read more of His word so that we will be strengthened in our hearts and find comfort in waiting for the Lord. It’s hard but I know that His plan for me, in the end, will be oh-so-worth it.