Believe and Live

Samuel Smith


To believe is to feel sure of the truth or to accept the statement of (someone) as true. In the worldly sense; to believe in something or someone does not come automatically or by chance. It is triggered by a past incident or a previous happening. The strength, zeal, commitment, courage etc. exhibited by someone may cause the other to believe or disbelieve in him/her. In the religious sense, believe is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. This idea of ‘believe’ is synonymous to ‘to trust’ or ‘to have faith’. We should believe in God with or without cause.

We are called to believe in the Lord and never put our trust in human beings. The most important aspect in our walk with God is the faith we possess. It is the bedrock of our relationship with our Creator because without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Unfortunately, many of us are accustomed to succumbing to the crushing pressures of this world and for that yield to human help. When tried, tempted or afflicted, many of us being acclimatized to human support, visit the psychic, enchanters, diviners and the so called prophets, and dancing to the tune of spiritualism we lose hand of the Saviour. Many also at the beginning of our trials, instead of turning our eyes upon Jesus, we fully depend on ourselves and cling to our dogmatic nature, and when later we realize our incapabilities, there we think of the Omnipotent. These attitudes show our unbelief and lack of faith.

Things that trigger our unbelief include fear, doubt and self - reliance. But the Christian should believe that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. When we are tempted to doubt God, we should look at nature itself and that will prove the existence of our God. His providence in our lives will be a testimony to cause us to believe in Him. God’s mercies, grace and love shown unto us will also be an outstanding rebuke to us if we still want to compare Him (God) with any other helper.

We need no other evidence before we show our total dependence and trust in God. The giving of Himself for our sins and the providence He shows us each moment should fill the vacuum of disbelief we have created in our hearts. Do you sometimes doubt the existence of God or your faith is somehow affected by your fears and challenges? Just remember what God can do; He healed all manner of diseases, cast demons out from several people, fed the five thousand with that little bread, raised the dead and comforted the broken hearted. In your own life, He has offered life for free, and air without fee. What else can’t he do for you? Just believe in Him, and you shall see the glory of God in your life. (Hebrews 11:1, 6; Matthew 14:27-31; Matthew 15:28; 1 Timothy 1:7; John 11:40)

Pr. Nicholas Obeng Agyekum