Why Have Faith?

Why Have Faith?

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Have you ever wondered why so many people have faith?  At times, it seems like there is so many who seem to have a reason of hope and faith, even when times get really bad.  There have been times in my life when I have struggled to come up with a reason as to why someone would have faith in the heat of the moment.  There are times when I have thought that things are so bad and hopeless, the only logical thing to do would be to give up.  This is where many people, Christians and non, find themselves nearly daily.  This sense of faith, or the lack there of, are an all too common theme in our daily lives.

So, if this is the question, then what is the answer?  I am reminded of a passage from God’s word that really causes me to rethink my sense of faith, and the deeper-rooted issues we face.  Let’s take a look at the account found in Luke chapter 8:

43      And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone,  44      came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.  45      And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.”  46      But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.”  47      When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.  48      And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”[1]

This account recorded by Luke gives us a very clear picture of what faith looks like.  The woman longed for healing, in fact it was 12 years, and likely invested every dime that she had and could be healed by “no one”.  This must have been very traumatic for the family to endure, waiting day in and day out for healing only to be denied.  The only thing that kept this woman together was faith that one day she would be healed.  After she had exhausted all resources, time and money, she had not given up hope.  Many times, we find ourselves in very similar situations, once we have tried hard, invested our time and money into something only to find defeat at every turn, we simply give up. Yet, this woman kept believing that one day, somehow, someway, she would have the answers she and her family had been looking for.   Are you, yourself in the middle of a struggle or trial in which you are at the end of your rope?  I hope you know that you are so close to finding your hope and having your faith restored!

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As we look closer at the passage we see this woman stepping out in faith.  We have no indication that she ever really knew Jesus.  The rumors about this Man were many.  Without having spoken to Him this woman acted out in faith.  Not faith in herself, not faith in false hope, rather she put her faith into the only source of faith that will never fail you, nor will it ever stop being real hope for the hopeless, and that of course is Jesus Christ.  As the narrative goes on, she reaches out, without words, without permission, and without hesitation, she reached out and touched the cloak of Jesus.  What happens next is nothing shy of the restoration in faith that she longed for.  Twelve years of longing for hope, twelve years of searching, pleading, and not stopping.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is what hope looks like!  Jesus speaks to this woman and seeks her answer to why she touched Him.  Her answer, bringing her to her knees is one that I hope I can model my life after.  Christ looks upon her and is pleased with her faith, He even tells her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Her faith, not her penny in the wishing well and not her visit to the local physic, simply her faith in Christ made her well.  Are you searching for the answer to your situation, have you tried everything but have not found the answer?  Are you putting your faith in man, or in the Son of Man?  I’m here to plead with you, if you have not found your faith in Christ today PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do not rest tonight until you have put your faith into the only thing that will never fail you.  Put your faith in Christ Jesus today.

I have a tab on my site for “Prayer and Praises”, if you find your hope and faith are tested and you need both restored today, please let me know so I can be praying for you.  This is completely confidential and no one will see your request.  I want to help you in your faith walk with God, or help you being your walk with He who is the faith you seek!

God bless you all!

[1] New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Lk 8:40–48). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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