Faith—“the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)—is knowing that God will honor His Word. But reason, which opposes Hebrews 11:1, tries to trump faith by invoking man’s intellect.

Reason places confidence in man, but it is actually closely related to worry. All the while, the Father waits patiently for us to acknowledge our need of a Savior and then respond in faith. Reason says, “I can do it.” Faith says, “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Reason says, “Hurry and get yours before it’s gone.”

Faith responds, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Reason wrings its hands and says, “There has to be a better way!” Faith looks at Jesus and hears Him whisper, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

God’s Word states that the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. It makes no sense whatsoever to them because Satan has blinded their eyes to the truth. But to us who are being saved, the gospel is the very power of God (1 Cor. 1:18).

The Lord says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside” (1 Cor. 1:19). Those who are of the world may seem to have the upper hand now, but a time will come when they will wither as the grass. Only those belonging to Christ in faith truly possess eternity.

Am I responding in faith?

So how do we ensure that we are living by faith rather than by reason?

Faith is hope taken a step further. For example, hope says, “I want something to happen, but I’m not sure it will.” However, faith says, “I want something to happen, and I’m absolutely certain that it will because God has promised it.”

Hope is an important element of Christianity. But when God gives us a specific promise about something we hope for, that’s when it we are to have faith. We can act on the promises God gives us—thanking and praising Him for their completion. Because we have faith, we have confidence that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do, regardless of how our circumstances appear. Reason requires evidence. But faith understands that God will keep His word to us.

To be sure you are responding in faith, focus on the Father. God has the very best plan for our lives and you can absolutely trust Him to fulfill it.