Faith First

By Jennifer “Love” Carter  

People will often encourage others to have faith.

When a person is battling an illness, have faith. When someone is hoping for something good to happen in their life, have faith. When someone is going through difficult times, have faith.

Faith is not quite easy to define because it means different things to different people.

Some people equate faith with being religious. While the two are closely connected, it is possible to have faith without religion.

It is also possible to have religion, but not have faith. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of faith is “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”

In the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, the definition is different. Hebrews 11:11 defines it this way: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

In the Jewish belief, the Hebrew word for faith is EmunahIts meaning varies from the previous in that it focuses on faith being an action-oriented word meaning “support,” according to engediresourcecenter.com.  

The Islam faith, as stated by abuaminaelias.com, has this definition: “Faith” (al-iman) in the Arabic language means “to affirm something and to comply with it.”     

Without religion, most people do have faith in something even though it may not be a belief in God.

I declare that I am a believer in God. I have faith.

The beautiful thing about faith is we don’t have to all agree on the same thing. We can apply it to our lives as we see fit.

In these difficult times, it is my faith that has gotten me through. 2020 has been a nightmare that never ends.  I’ve suffered the lowest of lows. I’ve gone through things I’ve never experienced before. What kept me is my faith. For me, it wasn’t enough to have faith. I had to work at it, too. How? I walked by faith and not by sight.

One might wonder: “How do I walk and work by faith?” You have to step out on it. One day I was on a walk when this idea came to me. I closed my eyes as I walked down a familiar path. I closed my eyes then walked. At first, I could only go a few steps before I opened my eyes to make sure I was still walking straight, that I was still safe. I kept repeating the process. The more I walked with my eyes closed, the more I did it. I found I could walk further and further without opening my eyes.

That is the simplest way I can break down walking by faith and not by sight. I am by no way suggesting or telling you to do what I did, but if you do want to try, I suggest doing it in your own home, preferably in a space that is free of anything that might injure you.  

I hope this encourages you or at least gives you a different perspective. The next time there is a challenge in your life, I hope you overcome it by having faith.