I am convinced that God meant for faith to be the most basic elemental building block in every human life, as well as being the most complex meta-physical dynamic in the entire universe. The Bible says; "Faith is being sure of what you hope for, and certain of what you do not see." (Heb. 11:1). Oh...Now I get it....:-)
Here are some ideas that have helped me to begin to grasp some small part of my own, "faith walk".
1. Faith is trust. Faith is allowing our own cognitive understanding of a problem be superseded by our trust that God has a better plan, a better answer, a fuller understanding.
2. Faith is belief. Faith is a deep sense of belief that God's plans will prevail, even when we don't understand them.
3. Faith is knowing. There is always small "k" knowing and big "k" knowing. Small "k" are the things we know based on facts. Big "k" knowing is represented by the things we understand that is not based on facts. I know, for example, that my wife is at work right now and that she is alive. She is living and breathing. I do not have facts in front of me to support this, but I know it
4. Faith is a feeling. When we feel deep down that something is true, we can't explain it, but we intuit an understanding. My mother woke up the other day and just felt that her brother had passed away. She felt...capital "F" feeling. At that moment, the phone rang, her brother had just passed away, 5,000 miles from her.
Here is my latest out of the box idea....Faith is actually also a fight! Everything in this world has a tendency to pull our gaze, our focus or our heads downward. So, Faith is the daily fight that we engage in to hold our head up, despite the things that work to pull our gaze downwards.
Our faith as Christ followers isn't an etherial philosophical dynamic that stands alone...
*** Our Faith is in Jesus Christ. Literally, what we hold fast to in our lives is the idea that our Trust, our Belief, our Knowing, our Feeling, our Fight resides within the living reality of Jesus Christ. Inside of it...
So, as I was saying...faith is complex
All for now,