What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? –James 2:14
Faith is defined as the hope without evidence. The Scriptures says that it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb 11:6). As Christians, we are all asked to develop faith without which we will not be able to reach our spiritual destiny. The question here is when can we say we have Faith. Is it an inner feeling or an action thing?
James the brother of Jesus says that the evidence of real faith is when it is put to action. During my early college days, I read a devotion column on the famous French tightrope walker, Jean Francois Gravelet (“Blondin”). In 1859, he crossed Niagara falls on a rope 1100 feet long suspended 160 feet above the falls. He did a lot of acrobatics while he crossed the falls. He pushed a wheelbarrow, sat in the middle and made an omelet for himself, blindfolded himself etc.. People came by thousands to watch his breath-taking performances.
One day, when the crowd was cheering for him, he asked if they believed he could carry someone on his back across the falls. They all shouted Yes! Yes!. He then asked if there were any volunteers. The cheering stopped and there was utter silence. It was one thing to believe that Blondin could carry someone across the falls, but it was it was entirely different to believe that he could carry “me”. It requires more than ordinary feelings to place our life in someone’s hands.
Many of us are like the people in the crowd. We confess to believing in Jesus for all our needs, but when we have a problem we run to every source other than him. The Bible says that such faith is worthless. Jesus is not one of the solutions on our help list. Only when we give the right priority to God, we would be able to enjoy from his limitless blessings and provisions. God sometimes requires us to prove our faith before we can march forward and have victories in our battles. In Judges 7, we read the story or Gideon, when God reduces his army from 22,000 to 300 before he could claim his victory. To claim victory, God wanted Gideon to put his faith to work rather than his army to work.