Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The word faith is recorded 280 times in the King James Version of the Bible. It is a diverse word in the original language. The term “Pistis” has several applications. But biblical faith is the assurance of what is believed, which leads to a profession and action. It is not based upon sight, situation, or circumstances.
Jesus used the word faith several times. It is interesting to note that Jesus used the word “great faith” only twice. In each occurrence, Jesus was speaking to non-Jews (a Roman Centurion in Matthew 8:10 and a Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:28). But he used the term “little faith” (oligos-Pistis) four times directed toward His disciples.
The Greek word Jesus used does not necessarily imply a lack of faith. It is an adjective composed of two words, oligos, “small,” and pistis, “faith,” hence, translated “little faith.” One way to understand this concept is to think of olgos-Pistis as a low battery.
There are things in our life that drain our “faith.” Situations and circumstances can cause us not to operate at full strength. What is needed is to plug-in to a faith power source. According to Romans 10:17, that power source is the Word of God.
Difficulties in life will test our “faith levels” and will tell us we need to plug-in.