We live in a world where almost everything we need has been made available to us with instant access – drive-thru restaurants, instant bank tellers, online services and directories, shopping, telephone speed dialing, and weather and news information. And when we become ill there are pharmaceutical meds for almost every ailment. So it’s not surprising to see faith brought into a fast action mode, but the truth is that faith is not a fast food pill.
Faith is a belief and a trust in God that He has already done the things that He said He would do. You can’t put a time frame on how long it takes anyone to get to the place where they truly have that faith in God. It’s totally dependent on how submissive each one of us is to God and to His ways of doing things.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and that substance begins like a tiny seed and grows when it is fed. Just like the flowers in our garden that require good soil, light and water, our faith also requires the proper environment in order to grow into a strong and healthy substance.
When we want our faith to be strong, we need to have it planted in good soil. We need to study the Word, praise the Lord and be a testimony of His love. This develops our character so that the faith we seek will take root and become part of us. And as we continue to develop, it continues to grow. (Matthew 13:23)
The light is Christ Jesus who took away our sins and made us whole, and who restored us to our Father in Heaven. The Bible says that Jesus is the light of the world and those who realize this shall be made free. We can take that literally and know that if He is the light and if we follow that light, that it will take us to God. (John 8:12)
The water is the Spirit of God who dwells inside us with our own spirit. He is the confidence we experience when we feel good about something or the conscience who checks us when we’re being tempted. He’s the “sixth sense” who leads and directs us to God. He is God’s Spirit in us. (Romans 8:9)
We can’t say that we have faith just because we quote scriptures. This is not a magic formula. Quoting scriptures allows us to hear ourselves say them but the quoting itself does not bring us closer to God and this is one of the misconceptions that many Christians face. We only get close to God when these scriptures go beyond our own words and get down into our heart and become part of us.
A new salesperson may have a great pitch about the products of his new employer, but it’s not until he uses them, experiences with them, understands them and believes in them that he can be a true representative of the company. And it’s the same for Christians. We need to become like Jesus to be able to represent Him properly. And we need to know and understand and believe what He has done for us before we can be a true representative of Him, before we can step out in faith and stand against the world.
Faith is not a fast food pill. It is not a quick fix to satisfy our own desires or lusts or even needs. It’s the result of studying the Bible so we can KNOW GOD, and then standing with Him against the world’s ways and totally accepting and believing His ways.
“According to your faith be it unto you”…. Matthew 9:29