THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the people of old received their commendation.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God,
so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV
Have you ever looked at faith as confidence in Jesus Christ amidst the unknown?
There are many sayings we hear every day that are along the lines of the verse above – believing in what we don’t see, such as “have a little faith.” We take this advice, unconsciously putting that faith in our own or others’ capabilities to see us through.
Having faith in Jesus has been present since day one for all Christians, it being the very essence of our relationship with Him. But how about when it comes to our daily struggles and discouragements? Faith is not only believing that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of our lives, but also that He has a master plan that we cannot fully see. Noah had nothing concrete to hold on to when he was told about the flood; yet he still built the ark – faith (Hebrews 11:7). Sarah, in her old age, thought she wouldn’t be able to bear a child anymore, yet she remained in Him – faith (Hebrews 11:11). Abraham, as he was about to kill his only son, knowing what he had to lose – faith (Hebrews 11:17).
As we continue to live our lives for Christ, with all the bumps and bruises we receive along the way, we must keep in mind the many times He has proven Himself faithful to not only us, but even those before us. He has carried us through generation after generation, showing His love despite our unfaithfulness. If tangible evidence of that faithfulness is something you long to experience, you being alive today is clear proof of that truth. We must put our faith in the confidence of Christ’s capability (not anybody else’s!) to sustain us amidst our inability to see Him.
When faced with your own set of struggles – what is your immediate response? Do you blame God for your situation or do you have confidence that He has a perfect plan? What situation are you in now wherein you can “have faith” in Christ?