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One of Susan's brothers recently told me about his journey back
to faith. He was raised in a Christian home, but stopped having faith many
years ago. After their father died, his spiritual interest was piqued again.
He said to me, "I don't feel like I have to prove that God exists to doubters
for me to believe. If I want to love Jesus that's my business, and I do
love Jesus." Faith is the proof, it is the substance of our hope.
My brother-in-law is right, he doesn't have to prove his faith in anybody's
test tube. If he wants to love Jesus, it is his business. Hebrews
11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen." ( KJV)
Ultimately, the greatest benefit of faith is: it is what God uses
to save our souls. Acts 16:31 says, “And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.’”(NASB) Salvation
comes through faith. It matters what you believe.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived
a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose victoriously from
the grave on the third day. If you believe the gospel and ask God
to save your soul, He will.
But it does more than save our soul, it gives us hope in the midst
of our troubles. When life jack-hammers our souls into pulp, it is
easy to lose perspective and drift into despair. Like the urge to scratch
a mosquito bite, we are often compelled to do irreparable damage to ourselves
and others when we are hurting. But faith allows us to find hope
in the rubble of our lives. And when we do, our faith response pleases
Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He
is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (NASB)