The meaning of faith, “Is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
‘Faith’ is one of the hardest things for us to understand and grasp. I believe that ‘faith’ must be experienced and once experienced, faith grows and we gain more faith. Faith is the work of the Holy Spirit that stirs within us – giving us the strength to ‘let go’ of the things that we can see and can understand – but, does not hold the power of the Spirit.
Unfortunately, faith often happens when one has reached the end his or her rope – there are no other alternatives – no other means in which to reach the assurance of our hope. For example, Moses was placed in the Nile River by his mother because all the firstborn boys were being slaughtered. His mother put her faith in the Lord to take care of him. And, God did! If she had not done that – then most likely Moses would have been found and killed.
Many people who have found they have cancer, or lose their jobs – cannot pay their bills, or suffer a tragedy – who have become afraid for whatever reason, and have lost control of their lives and their situation, have a choice…One can turn to God and have faith that God will take care of them or they hate God because of their situation.
Faith is making the choice to give God the glory in your desperate time of need, or taking matters into your own hands. Faith is recognizing that you cannot do this ‘thing’ on your own. Faith is believing that no matter what the outcome of a situation is the will of God. Faith is knowing that you are ‘safe and secure’ in the hands of God, no matter what happens.
Here is the thing…Our faith in God and God’s power, will give you the opportunity to witness to our Risen Lord in a profound way. Faith is the ‘tangible ability to put our hands on what is promised by God! Faith in God is the experience of God providing something better than we can ever imagine – apart from us, be made perfect! (Hebrews 11:40)
Let us pray…Gracious God, faith is difficult for us when we are suffering and feel so lost and alone. Help us to remember that you are the one in control and that we are ‘safe and secure’ in your hands. Open our hearts to all your possibilities that you have in store for us. We love you so much, Amen.