Sometimes we forget that God's grace is given to us freely. We don't have to buy it––even if we wanted to buy it we couldn't. It's a gift. A gift that was given to us by God because He loves us. It's free and unmerited favor of God given to us.

He says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8

Faith is belief. Belief in God, belief in His word. The opposite of doubt. Even our measure of faith is given to us by God. 

Don't make things complex. Just let go and trust Him. When we were children it was easy for us to believe. We believed in the "tooth fairy, Santa Claus (I still don't want to give up that one), and the Bunny Rabbit" to mention a few. 

You see children aren't complex. We believe our parents. Have you ever taken one of your toys, when you were little, to your parent and ask them to fix it when it broke? If they told you they would, then you believed them. You didn't stand there questioning them, "Now are you sure you will do this for me? Do you think I am worthy of you fixing this for me?"  No, we believed them. 

This is the relationship God wants with us. He has given us the faith, it is up to us to put it into action.

So what do grace, faith, God and Santa Claus have in common for a child?

They believe.

Lord, help my unbelief.Amen