Faith is trusting God—believing that He loves us and knows best
what is for our good. Thus, instead of our own, it leads us to
choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it accepts His wisdom; in
place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His
righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith
acknowledges His ownership and accepts its blessing. Truth,
uprightness, purity, have been pointed out as secrets of life's
success. It is faith that puts us in possession of these principles.
Every good impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith
receives from God the life that alone can produce true growth and
How to exercise faith should be made very plain. To every promise
of God there are conditions. If we are willing to do His will, all
His strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises, is in the promise
itself. "The seed is the word of God." Luke 8:11. As surely as the
oak is in the acorn, so surely is the gift of God in His promise. If
we receive the promise, we have the gift.
Faith that enables us to receive God's gifts is itself a gift, of
which some measure is imparted to every human being. It grows as
exercised in appropriating the word of God. In order to strengthen
faith, we must often bring it in contact with the word.
In the study of the Bible the student should be led to see the
power of God's word. In the creation, "He spake, and it was done; He
commanded, and it stood fast." He "calleth those things which be not
as though they were" (Psalm 33:9; Romans 4:17); for when He calls
them, they are. Education 253-254.