So faith [comes] from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
How can I have faith in that of which I have not heard? Short answer: I cannot. This is the summary of Paul’s teaching in this verse. There is more — so much more — that surrounds this verse and Paul’s exposition on the cutting away of Israel for a time so that the fullness of the Gentiles might enter into a saving faith deserves more than the time I can afford to give it during a morning devotion time.
The first thing I need to hear is the gospel; the Good News that God has made a Way for me to be right with Him. Once heard, I can then believe it; put my faith in it.
The second thing I need to hear is that God wants to change me and that He is faithful to complete the work that He has begun. I then need to place my faith in that and cooperate with God’s changing in me.
There is more, though, in that The Bible is full to bursting with promises made to those who believe. Promises to conform me to the image of His Son. Promises to pour out blessings like love and joy and peace and wisdom without reproach and until I cannot contain the blessing and must pout it out to others. Scripture is rife with promises and I must hear them — or read them — before I can believe them.
There is a saying that is wrongly quoted and often quoted in this wrong form. The saying boils down to believers witnessing through their lives and using words only when necessary. In the digital age, we age probably more guilty than ever of limiting what we say for fear of offending someone, but the gospel is Good News and anyone who would be offended by Good News has bigger problems than I can help them with by withholding Good News. Let me speak the Truth with boldness. Let me deliver the Good News as God gives opportunity and deliver still more in the form of reading through The Bible and drawing out treasures both old and new — promises and challenges and encouragement and exhortation. Let me hear so that I might believe. Let me speak so that others might, too.