“But 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 diligently seek Him.” (Heb 11:6 New King James Version) Scriptures speaks extensively about faith. The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is a glorious description of faith but the first 6 words of Hebrews 11:7 are particularly important. “But without faith it is impossible…” For, though “all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mar 9:23) nothing is possible to him who doesn’t. Nothing that is worth having can be achieved without faith. Faith is believing in the face of not knowing. Knowing has to do with knowledge and knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (1 Co 8:1). Knowing the answer to a difficulty puffs up, but believing in the Answer to every problem edifies.
In 1 Corinthians 13:11 Paul talks about abandoning the things he understood as a child and putting away childish things. The things we know to be true can be changed by time and circumstance; perception
is notoriously unreliable. Faith grants us to believe in truth that never changes, no matter how much time has passed or how circumstances have changed. Abraham, Moses, and many others roamed barren deserts for decades in faith. There were times when they didn’t know if they were going in the right direction. They didn’t know what to expect when they got where they were going. They suffered hunger and thirst and all kinds of difficulties but they kept journeying through harsh barren wildernesses because of a word from God. It’s impossible to empower a person to make that kind of journey with facts; only faith in the Word can give a person the ability to perform the impossible. Anyone who would achieve the impossible in his/her life must have faith. To move from the place where you are to the impossible place where you’re called to be demands it. Knowledge can achieve the difficult but only faith can accomplish the impossible.
Faith is the answer to the unknown. It is the only power strong enough to cause what exists only in your heart to exist in your hands. It is the answer to depression, and failure, and hopelessness. When the enemy seeks to discourage with facts, faith answers with truth. When there’s an impossible gulf between you and your calling, faith bridges the gap. Faith alone can raise the dead, heal the sick, cleanse the leper, defeat the enemy, give beauty for ashes. Faith is not a crutch for the lazy but power to the powerless. It is the doorkeeper to everything that is pleasant and good. For, through it all things are possible, but without it life can only ever be a begrudging lung for survival.