The writer of Hebrews defines faith as, “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith is believing in the promises of God. Faith is trusting in God when things around you is uncertain. The faith of the believer is the steadiness which comes with a guarantee. It is the steadiness of mind which holds one firm. Faith is like an anchor that keeps the boat from drifting. Faith is like a foundation on which the building is built to prevent it from sinking.
Charles Spurgeon said, “It will not save me to know that Christ is a Savior; but it will save me to trust that He is my Savior. I shall not be delivered from the wrath to come by believing that his atonement is sufficient; but I shall be delivered by making that atonement my trust, my refuge, and my all. The pith, the essence of faith lies in this: casting oneself on the promise.”
Today’s sermon is about Paul, who along with a ship’s crew, and Roman cohort, were all victims of a strong storm that beached everyone on some rocks off the coast of Malta. The ship was broken apart by the strength of the crashing waves against its stern. The entire cargo was lost at sea. All the stuff in the ship was history, but Paul, the crew and everyone on board were saved. The difference between being a victim in the storm and being rescued in spite of the storm was FAITH.
I imagine the strong gale-force winds of the storm blowing through Paul’s hair and the driving rain stinging his face when he stood up and shared his faith:
“…keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship. For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid…” (Acts 27:22-24a)
The essence of Paul’s faith was grounded in the promise of God. You can choose how your life will be grounded. You can either be grounded on the rocks and shallow reefs of life’s uncertain circumstances, or you can put your faith in Jesus who will bring you through.
Listen to what the Bible says about faith:
- “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not you own doing, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
- “So also, faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17)
- “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)
- “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
I pray that your faith will be strengthened today because you have joined with the People of God to study the Word of God and participate in the Worship of God. Grace is a church family in which faith is a common ingredient treasured by everyone.
The Bible says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
May the grounding of your faith in Jesus and the unity of our faith in God’s promises bind us together in the strength of the Lord.