“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
We have talked about faith for the past couple of weeks. This verse to me is the culmination of all of the verses we have studied. Faith is our assurance of the things we hope for! Having faith is what gives us hope! I personally don’t see how anyone lives without it! I know that for me when things get tough it’s faith that God has me and has the situation in mind that gives me the hope I need to keep going. Having faith that all things really do work for good for those that love Him. Having faith that even when we lose people we love, or we get that diagnosis that we know will take our life on earth, that we don’t live as if we have no hope. We know to be absent from the body is to be present with Jesus for those of us in the faith!
I have heard Priscilla Shirer and her father Dr. Tony Evans quote this saying that I believe Dr. Evans penned.
“Faith is acting like it is so even when it is not so in order that it might be so simply because God said so.”
Yes, I know that sometimes circumstances and situations will weigh us down. But when you have faith in God and when you believe His word when it says that He will work it out, we can live in hope to see better days. Sure there are times that are hard to hang onto the hope. I know that, I’ve lived it. But every time I am struggling to hang onto hope if I ask Him, to let me just see that He is still got it, then I look for it, He will show me something every time. It’s those little things that fuel my faith and give me hope for the things I can’t see yet.
Friends, I know life can be hard. I promise you I have had things that I have hurt over and have wondered how in the world God could work this one out? But I am so grateful for the ways He has grown my faith over the years that keep me coming back to my faith in Him. I am grateful for the ways I have seen Him work out impossible situations that in my mind would have to be written off. Faith in God is what gives me hope for what I can’t see right now. Faith in Him the one who saved me and who rescues me from myself and my own poor choices is what gives me hope for a better tomorrow. He is the reason I continually lay my stuff at His feet every day and I hope for a better today than I had yesterday! He gives me hope for what I can’t see right in front of me. Please if your faith is wavering right now, please ask Him to show you something to show that He’s still got you! I have faith that He will do it if you only ask!