If you spent money today, you operated by faith! A one-dollar bill is only paper. Nonetheless, it has power. Why? Note the words “The United States of America.” They represent the authority of the federal government.
Second, observe the words “Federal Reserve Note.” The government promises that your piece of paper has $1 worth of purchasing power.
The third element is trust. If neither the seller nor buyer has trust in the governing authority, the paper becomes worthless!
Finally, the system requires action: selling and buying.
These are the mechanics of faith: authority, promise, trust, and action.
A rather humorous Bible story demonstrates faith. Abraham and Sarah had been childless their entire marriage. At age 75 Abraham was promised a baby boy by the Maker. Sarah laughed at the promise. Can you blame her? Nonetheless, “The Lord was good to Sarah and kept His promise. Although Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah had a son exactly at the time God had said. Abraham named his son Isaac (meaning he laughs).”(Genesis 22:1-3)
Years later Paul commented: “Abram never wavered in believing God’s promise. He was fully convinced that God has the power to do whatever He promises.” (Romans 4:20-21)
God, the governing authority, made a promise to Abraham who trusted the promise. We’re left with action.
Inquiring minds want to know: what exactly did Abraham and Sarah DO for 25 years? Get it? The Maker is not a killjoy, lacking a sense of humor. Just ask old Abraham and Sarah! Oh, by the way, undoubtedly God got the last laugh!
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7