Read Galatians 3
Focus on verse 25-26
Faith is what we call believing something to be true, despite the lack of objective evidence. For many years, people believed the sun revolved around the earth, because that is what they observed. It was considered true because that is what the visible evidence seemed to reveal. This is no longer a popularly held belief because science and astrology has revealed that it is the earth that revolves around the sun, and that the reason the sun appears to revolve around the earth is because the earth also rotates as it revolves around the sun.
Many people continue to believe that God exists despite the fact that there is insufficient scientific data to prove that God exists objectively. There are quite a number of people who choose to believe that God is a creation of humanity rather than the other way around. Either way it takes a certain amount of faith to believe because the data upon which Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is built upon is also inconclusive.
Essentially, what we are left with is that no matter what belief system one chooses by which to navigate their way through life, it ultimately takes a certain measure of faith.
In today’s reading Paul is exhorting the Galatians believers because they have apparently departed from the simple faith that Paul taught them when they first believed.
But now that faith (Christ) has come, we are no longer under a guardian(the Law), for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (v. 25-26)
It would seem that some of the Jewish believers were teaching that in order to follow Jesus they also had to follow the Law of Moses. Paul uses much of this chapter to explain how Jesus death and resurrection, having fulfilled the law make it no longer necessary to keep the law. Further, those who choose to keep the law place themselves back under it’s power and stand condemned by the law rather than redeemed by grace.
Faith is often misunderstood as something we have to find within ourselves in order to believe. Scripture is quite clear that the faith we have in God comes from Him in the first place. It is God who by His grace offers us the faith to believe, at that point we have the option to choose to either accept this gift of grace or reject it. God will not force us to believe, though in my experience He is very patient yet persistent in how He goes about it. He also encourages us to ask Him to increase our faith, though a word of caution…be careful what you ask for…asking for faith can be a little like asking for patience, these are dangerous prayers because God may well choose to answer them, and the process needed to increase our faith pretty much requires our faith to be stretched. This is not to suggest that result is not worth the stress of going through the process, it is simply a heads up that it is a process.