Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
In the words of philosopher Henry David Thoreau, "If I seem to walk out of step with others, it is because I am listening to another drumbeat." This captures the essence of our Christian faith. Faith isn't just about positive thoughts or ignoring reality; it's a powerful force that makes the Christian life unique. It goes beyond helping us in tough times. Faith begins with a strong desire for something better, something beyond what we can see with our eyes. This longing is at the heart of the Christian journey. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." It's like a spark that ignites our vision, driving us to seek a higher purpose, to seek Jesus.
Faith isn't blindly leaping into the unknown; it's about recognizing that there's more to life than what we can see. Through faith, we understand that there's a purpose, a plan, and a heaven. Faith isn't just there to help us through crises; it's a constant presence, guiding our everyday choices. It strengthens us to choose the right path, even when the world pushes us in different directions. Faith gives us power when we're weak, peace in times of turmoil, and hope when everything seems hopeless. It's not just a safety net for emergencies; it's a steady anchor that keeps us grounded on our Christian journey.
Spend time with God today. Build your faith by listening to his Word and by speaking with Jesus.
God, I want to lean on you and build my faith even when times are tough. Help me to strengthen my faith muscles when times are good so I can be ready when I am in the battle. In Jesus' name. Amen.