Faith is vastly deeper than simply believing. Just what is faith? Charles Fillmore said, "A close analysis shows that faith is the foundation of all that man does." Spiritual faith is a deep inner knowing. Knowing to such a certainty that one completely lives one's life based on such knowing. This inner knowing reflects the only way we as human beings will ever really "know" anything. It is the knowing from the core of our being. It is knowing from contact with that still small voice within. From belief to inner knowing becomes the point where one turns everything over to God. The point where there is no need to worry. The point where one may find peace in all circumstances. It is the point where one really knows the truth of Mark 11: 24: "Whatever you have asked for in prayer, believe you have received it and it shall be yours."This is the point where one comes to the understanding that God answers all prayers; and one simply, in faith, lets go and becomes open to whatever happens, knowing at his or her core that in whatever way the prayer is answered, it is for their highest good. This is the point where one understands that God's answer to a prayer may not be what our picture of the answered prayer happens to be. Nonetheless in time we will find the answer to be better than our conception. The process is then, first there is an intellectual understanding, and then there is believing and finally there is inner knowing. Faith grows. Like all other spiritual attributes, the more you have, the more you will have - as long as you follow a committed and consistent spiritual practice.
The Indian mystic and philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti says, "What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will." God is love embodied in us and in all we do. Faith is to let go and let God do what God will.
Gene Ford Runnels