“To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” 2 Peter 1:1
I pray almost every day that my children will be given faith, trust and belief in Creator God. The above verse shows at least two things. One, that faith is a gift. You can’t buy it, barter for it, work for it or steal it. Faith can’t be borrowed or conjured up. Faith is a gift from God to those of His choosing. Faith is a gift to those whom God knows will accept His offer of salvation. That means that we cannot brag that we have faith as though there is something in us that warrants God giving us faith. The other thing about faith that we know from this verse is that it is precious. It’s a treasure worth more than anything else in this world.
Out of all the good that has happened to me in my life, the gift of faith in Creator God is the best of them all. The ability to believe. The ability to trust. The gift of wideband awareness to know that there is more to life than what meets the eye is a wonderful, wonderful ability. To know that “what is seen was made from what is not seen,” is a wonderful gift. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not yet seen.” Hebrews 11:1. This ability makes for the best life possible. In fact, after almost thirty years of following Jesus, I can say without doubt that my worst day on earth with Jesus as my guide is 1000 times better than my best day on earth without Jesus in my life. For the Christian, this life is as difficult as it gets. For the atheist, this life is as good as it gets.