By Patrick Hawthorne
What is faith? Have you ever heard someone trying to define faith? Did it leave you more confused than ever? The reason is simple. The Scriptures make no real effort to define it. Much like the air we breath, the definition is not what is important; it is the results of faith that matter.
Faith is focus. Jesus said, “As Moses lifted up the serpent, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:14-15).
When Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (Numbers 21), it was because the people had been struck down by poisonous serpents. To heal the people, God instructed Moses to “Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”
The word, “Look Upon,” means to gaze with an expectancy. The people were instructed to cast their eyes upon the fiery serpent and to not look away from until such time as they received their healing. “Look” in Numbers 21 and “believe” in John 3 are synonymous.
“How do I increase my faith?” That is the wrong question. The question should be, “How do I walk in the fullness of faith?” To that, simply gaze upon Jesus in a state of expectancy and do not let go of that gaze. At first it will be difficult. In time, however, it will become as natural as breathing.