Faith is an indispensable part of the Christian experience. The Bible tells us that we are cleansed by faith, that we are saved by faith, that we are justified by faith and that we have access to God by faith. However, having been saved by faith, we also discover that we are to live by faith, to walk by faith, to fight the good fight of faith, to take the shield of faith and to overcome the world by faith. We then discover that without faith it is impossible to please God, So – whatever else we may think about faith, we have to agree it is important!

Faith is not a mystical power. Some think of faith as a force, a mind over matter phenomenon whereby the actual act of believing something has the effect of making it come true. Somebody once rebuked me for saying it was going to be a miserable day when I should have said that it was going to be a beautiful day. The facts where that, although it was Midsummer in the north of England, it had been raining all the previous night, the clouds were heavy, it was still raining and the forecast was that there would be no change!

Being realistic about these facts, I commented to the effect that things did not look as though they would improve and that it was going to be a “miserable day”. After the rebuke and the instruction that I should have said, “It was good” I made it worse by insisting, “But it’s not. It’s cold. It’s wet. And it is forecast to stay that way all day.” “But,” I was rebuked “you should say it is going to be beautiful. That is faith. If you believe it would be a fine day, it will become a fine day.”

Now that is not faith. It may be wishful thinking but is much nearer to foolishness than to faith. If the facts are that it is wet and cold the matter how much I believe in sunshine, it will remain wet and cold. Believing something never, in itself, change the facts. Faith is not a mystical power that makes things happen by the sheer force of belief.

Charles Price from Christ For Real

Faith is important to the Queen. We will be thinking about her faith both in the tough years, as well as when the sun is shining and the world is all as it should be.