How does a person get faith? Why does one person have stronger faith than someone else? Why is the faith of some people so weak as compared to the faith of others? Where does faith come from?
It’d be interesting to hear the answers given by many on such a fundamental question. I’d not be surprised if a good number of people would actually be at something of a loss to give a definitive answer. I’m not sure that some people really know where faith comes from, and almost certainly a great many people who think they know, really do not.
Faith… Ask twenty different people to describe it, and you’ll likely get twenty different descriptions. To some people, faith simply meansbelief . That belief can be in virtually anything or anybody. For some, the term has a spiritual connotation first and foremost. For others, faith is simply a generic concept that can be applied to most anything.
Often, we feel either inadequate or without sufficient resources to be able to do something that needs to be done. These lines of reasoning are constantly used by individuals and congregations in relation to serving God. In some cases we say we don’t have time to serve God as we would like. Sometimes we state that we just don’t have the ability to do some good work that needs to be done. In other cases we claim to not have sufficient resources to the get the job done. While these statements can hold some validity, we must not use them carelessly as excuses to simply let ourselves off the hook. If we open both our physical eyes and our eyes of faith, we will often find that we have more time and ability and resources than we first imagined.
Everybody wants to be happy. In fact, there may be more emphasis in our society right now than ever before on finding happiness . There’s a lot of focus on having a job you can be happy with. Some people move to different locations in the pursuit of happiness . Wives leave husbands and husbands leave wives because they’re just not happy . Teenagers are committing suicide at a staggering rate because they’re unhappy . Happiness seems to be elusive to many people. But a profound question should be, “Where do you look for happiness?”
Gary L. Hutchens