Some may see faith as purely a religious type of word. Yet, faith, according to dictionary.com has multiple meanings as a noun. In one sense, faith can simply be having confidence in a person or thing. For example, a teacher can tell her students, she has ‘faith’ they will study hard to prepare for their tests and that they will produce good results.
Faith can also be seen as “a belief that is not based on proof.” Once, many years ago, I was planning a picnic. I had planned this event with friends and family for a special birthday celebration. I believed without knowing for certain that the weather would be fine on that day. It was February, a usual season for rainfall. Where I lived, we had had a few unusual weeks of almost constant rain everyday. With confidence, the day arrived and the sun shone brightly. Our picnic was a success and we joyfully welcomed the sunshine. As we were leaving the park, it started showering. There had been no proof in advance that there would be less rain that day.
Faith may be considered a, “belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit,” In this case, people generally have “faith” that others with whom we work or interact with are honest and trustworthy people. When buying a used car, we must have faith that the owner of the car took good care of it, that the oil was regularly changed, that the engine received tune-ups, that the tires were periodically rotated, and that any check-ups and repairs were done in a timely manner. In much the same way, we have faith in how others raise their children. We believe people have certain standards of parenting, giving children love and attention that is necessary.
Perhaps, the most common understanding of faith is that related to “Christian Theology.” This kind of faith is “the trust [we have] in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scripture by which humans are justified or saved.” A biblical definition of faith may be found in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
During our recent holiday, the sun was shining brightly and it was a beautiful day out. My friend and I decided to go for a walk around Deokjin Lake. It was mid-afternoon, a little windy, none-the-less beautiful. During one of our little breaks, we sat down on some benches to talk. As we were leaving, I ignorantly left without checking the surroundings of where we had been sitting. We casually made our way back to the dorms and suddenly, feeling my pockets, I realized my phone was missing.
We immediately turned around and headed back, walking briskly. All the while, in my mind, I was praising God, thanking Him for the wonderful, relaxing, low-key day, the sunshine, the time with my friend, and good lunch we had. I had confidence, without knowing for certain, that my phone would still be there. I hoped no one had walked off with my cellphone. As we came to the point where the bench on which we were sitting became visible, I saw an object laying there, and praised God, once again.
Consider your faith. Do you have faith? How much faith do you have in others, in yourself, in something being true, without proof? If you’re Christian, do you live by your faith every day, in assurance of what is unseen?
Reference: www.dictionary.com word searched: “faith”