Where is your faith?

Where is your faith? Believing in Jesus in a world of pain and confusion

When you don't understand where God is leading you, where do you place your faith?

In the Bible, many people chose, despite their circumstances, to place their trust in God. The author draws inspiration from several of them through 34 meditations. He imagines their reasoning when faced with the doubts and difficulties of life. With great talent, he brings relief to the personalities of these men and women, to bring them to life, making them accessible and close to our questions. He has only one desire: that you too may be encouraged to believe in Jesus even when everything is against you. Jesus asks all those who want to follow him to believe without seeing. So don't be limited by what you see, but trust in God's promises!

A word to the reader

What does Jesus really expect from you? There are so many things to say about this 1 . But summed up in one sentence, we could answer: “Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). This is why when the Apostle John wrote his Gospel, he used the verb “believe” 85 times over 21 chapters. He remembered that the key word in all of Jesus' teachings and preaching was faith . To believe or not to believe in Jesus is the most important question in your life because “he who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). Indeed, “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). believing in Jesus is not easy. Not easy because “the whole world is under the power of evil” (1 John 5:19), and it puts all its strength into action to blind “the understanding that they may not see the brightness of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). He constantly attempts to lead believers astray (Matthew 24:24). This is why it is fundamental for those who follow Jesus to learn to walk “by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). In other words, we must learn to trust God's promises more than our perceptions. This truth is found throughout the Bible, from beginning to end. The purpose of this little book is to reflect, imaginatively, on the real experiences of real people in the Bible in order to help you grasp and live the meaning of “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and Don’t rely on your intelligence!” (Proverbs 3:5). The goal is to help you believe in Jesus as you continue to live in a world of pain and confusion. Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent” (John 6:29). My prayer is that God will use this book to encourage you in the most important work of your life. Jon Bloom 1 I highly recommend John Piper's book: What Jesus demands from the world, Wheaton (United States): Crossway, 2006.