We are told to live by faith. We are to believe in a God we cannot see and trust Him to continue to be who He claims to be. How do we do that? What is our faith based on? We live in such an uncertain world full of fraud and lies. How can we trust what the Bible says? I spent some time digging in the Bible trying to find some truth to build my faith on. FYI: Here is a month’s worth of verses on faith to copy.
Truth can be tested and still hold firm. I wanted to make sure my faith wasn’t based on circular reasoning, and I found a solid answer. I discovered it first in Hebrews 11, and then found several other witnesses of the same truth. Our faith is built on a very solid foundation. What is it?
We can see creation all around us, and anyone who spends more than two seconds thinking about it will have to conclude that creation was designed by an intelligent designer. That fact is sufficient to begin to build a solid faith foundation.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV
When I pondered this passage, a neat visual popped in my head. Think of yourself walking down a path with a tall stone wall on your left. As you walk along the path, you know (by faith) that Yah is on the other side of the wall, working things out. You can’t see Him behind the wall, but He is there. When He is ready, He will reveal the solution or the provision, or whatever it was that He was preparing for you.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 KJV
As we look at more verses and passages, we will see that we can trust that Yah is behind that wall working for our good because we can see His creation right in front of us. Our faith in the unseen is based on what we can see. Let’s look at some more passages that show us our faith is based on creation.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Romans 1:19-20 KJV
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.Colossians 1:15-17 KJV
As we realize that our faith starts with a belief in a Creator, it becomes so important to get out in creation and understand it better. Every little detail we notice in creation helps us to better understand Yah, our Creator. For example, He knew that the strongest and most efficient shape to build with is a hexagon. We see hexagons all around us. If our God is smart enough to give the bees a superior home to live in, He is more than capable of caring for us.
We can observe the dependability of the seasons and the way the birds and flowers have everything they need. We find multitudes of symbiotic relationships between creatures and plants. We benefit from the complexity found in our own body systems. All of this amazing design is meant to lead us to faith in YHVH. This is why I often talk about the importance of nature study and spending time in Creation. It will inevitably lead us to YHVH.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.Psalm 19:1-3 KJV
The more we ponder and enjoy creation, knowing that YHVH is behind it all, the stronger our faith becomes. We learn to trust Yah to stay consistent in His character and keep His promises. Our faith is built on a solid foundation that we can walk on throughout our lives. It becomes easier (probably never effortless) to trust Him to be working on the other side of that wall, providing for us, moving our mountains, preparing solutions, guiding us in the best path. He is a good God, which we witness every day as we look outside.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.Matthew 6:25-34 KJV