In the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel we see Jesus’ birth foretold to Mary by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38). Immediately after this Mary leaves to visit her relative Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist whose birth was also foretold by an angelic encounter.
When they meet Elizabeth says something to Mary that is one of the most solid definitions of faith found in the scriptures:
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished – Luke 1:45
The Bible nowhere speaks of faith as wishful thinking or “naming” what we want and expecting God to provide it. Nor does it present faith as belief without evidence as is sometimes alleged. Faith is believing God will do what He’s said He will do. Paul makes this point also in Romans:
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” – Romans 4:3
God spoke to Mary through the angel Gabriel and she believed Him. God spoke to Abraham and he believed him. God speaks to us today through His word. He tells us if we will repent of our sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we will be saved (Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9). For believers He tells us He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), not to worry (Philippians 4:6) and that He is coming again (Revelation 22:7) among many other things.
A life of faith is a life lived as if the promises of God in scripture are true.
Do you believe Him today?