Faith doesn’t just happen. It requires positive action.
Faith is not the suspension of disbelief. It is the intentional choice to believe.
Alma used a number of active verbs to emphasize our role in developing faith. Here are a few examples:
- “Awake and arouse your faculties” (Alma 32:27).
- “Exercise a particle of faith” (Alma 32:27).
- “Ye have tried the experiment and planted the seed” (Alma 32:33).
- “Nourish it with great care” (Alma 32:37).
Elder Neil L. Andersen said:
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright…. Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it. Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker…
The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.
(“Faith Is Not By Chance, But By Choice,” General Conference, October 2015).
Elder Anderson reviewed several instances in which the Savior assessed the faith of an individual. He then invited us to ponder the question, “How does the Savior see my faith?”
Today, I will remember that I must make decisions and take intentional actions to strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ. I will review the status of my faith and determine what more I need to do to exercise it and to nourish it.