Everyone has faith, regardless of where that faith is anchored. Faith is described as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. That’s powerful, because whatever we put our faith in determines the outcome of every single thing in our lives. Many people have their faith anchored in their own abilities, sports figures, their connections, jobs, friends, family and yes, the government. Every single one of these things will fail us because they are fallible. The only person or place we can have complete trust and the assurance of infallibility, is Jesus Christ. Faith isn’t just about announcing what we believe, even though that’s part of it, but real faith is about actively living out what we believe daily. Where our anchor is dropped, our faith resides.
As believers in Christ, we must always exercise biblical faith in God and His promises. Hebrews 11:6 reads, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”. If we want to be pleasing to God, we must believe that he is and that he rewards those who seek him. God wants us to trust him and allow him to lead the way. Hebrews 12:2 reads, “Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith”. The Greek word translated “author” can mean “captain,” “chief leader” or “prince. The Greek word translated “perfecter” literally means “completer” or “finisher” and speaks of bringing something to its conclusion. I don’t know about you, but I like having a captain, a leader, a prince and King that will not only start something for me but will make sure he sees it through to a faithful conclusion.
Jesus is our perfect example of what real anchored faith looks like. He trusted the Father and faithfully carried out his will by dying at Calvary. As believers we must trust in the truth of God’s word, all of it, and live according to that belief. Finally, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). When our faith anchored in anything other than the revealing truth of God’s love, it’s anchored in the wrong place, and will not hold. If you want to be steady and immoveable, anchor your hope in Christ. Be encouraged and know that we have a God that goes before us and assures us of the hope set before us.