Faith is a strange concept to many Americans. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 that ‘faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ Faith requires believing in someone or something we cannot physically see. Faith is stable, unwavering and continual.
Many people apply their faith the same way as they buy and sell stocks; buy if you think it will produce a profit. Sell if it doesn’t. They read about Jesus and see that He did great things. They apply a superficial faith in Him. However their faith is based upon an expected outcome in the natural realm. It may be a financial return, healing of a disease, or getting a specific job. If their “Jesus stock” doesn’t do well in their natural eyes, they look somewhere else. That’s not faith. That’s presumption; presuming upon Jesus to do only what you want. In reality, faith is being sure of Jesus, even when you don’t get want you want.