“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him…” (Hebrews 11:5-6).
How do we obtain the kind of faith Enoch had that God so desires each of us to have? We know from the above verse that we cannot please God without faith, yet how do we obtain a higher level of faith? Those of us who are ill especially need a high level of faith to endure what we are going through. Perhaps it can be obtained by going to a faith seminar, reading a book on the subject of faith or maybe just by trying harder?
Faith is not something we naturally acquire under our own power. It is something we gain by walking more intimately with Jesus and getting to know Him better. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Think about the people you know who have the most faith; the people who know Him best trust Him the most. Show me someone who is walking closely with God, and you will see someone who does not need a lot of instruction about faith. That person will not need a step-by-step guide on how to obtain faith.
Many times we put more faith in people than we do God. Perhaps there is a person in your family whom you trust and have faith in, but only because you are very close to them and know that they are trustworthy and will not harm you but only help you. You can only have faith in people if you really know them on a personal basis.
As simple as it may sound, the level of your faith in God will match the level of your relationship with God. If you do not walk with Him on a daily basis and have a deep knowledge of his character, you cannot expect to develop a faith that pleases God.
Draw closer to God. Find out more about Him and His ways, and as you become closer you will naturally learn to trust and have faith in Him in every situation.