Lesson To have faith is to believe in something; to trust that it is so. Some people believe everything they are told. Others require proof for everything. Most people cannot have faith in something unless they know something about it. That is why God has always provided man with lots of proof of his existence and his love - so we can easily believe it and have faith in him.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)We believe in God for many reasons: because we can see the incredible creation all around us, because he has provided witnesses to testify of him, because we see him working in the lives of those around us, and in our lives. God has never asked us to have a "blind faith" or a faith with no basis. It would be silly to believe in something you have absolutely NO evidence of. God has given his people many reasons to believe in him and his promises.
John 20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (NRSV)Do you believe that Australia exists? Have you ever been there? I have not seen Australia with my own eyes, but I have seen pictures of it. I have spoken to people from Australia. Many reputable people agree that it is there. Based on these evidences, I have no reason to doubt that there is a continent named Australia on the other side of the world. We may not see God himself in this life, but there is evidence all around that he exists, and that he keeps his promises.This is not to say that we will always understand everything about God. We can't.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts; nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.But - we can know that God always tells us the truth, and that his promises will always be fulfilled.
Titus 1:2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began. (NRSV)SING: This is my father's world or He's got the whole world in his hands