For some, faith is a sort of magical feeling or even ability that allows you to tap into God’s power for your purposes. For others, faith is something that seems almost conditional, and somehow connected to our circumstances.
George Everett Ross, “I have served in the ministry thirty years, almost thirty-one. I have come to understand that there are two kinds of faith. One says if and the other says though. One says: ‘If everything goes well, if my life is prosperous, if I’m happy, if no one I love dies, if I’m successful, then I will believe in God and say my prayers and go to the church and give what I can afford.’ The other says though: though the cause of evil prosper, though I sweat in Gethsemane, though I must drink my cup at Calvary—nevertheless, precisely then, I will trust the Lord who made me. So Job cries, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.’”
When we get this faith thing right, it should be easily observed by others, at least, that’s what the Apostle Paul says.
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people.” (Colossians 1:3-4 NIV)