“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
It is easy to see God’s design and handiwork in this delicate, fragile fern that is also strong enough to push its way up through the layered forest floor!
Faith is a noun. It is something we have or possess, like “substance” or “evidence” (in the above verse). Faith is our confident belief in God, that He is the ultimate Creator of the world and that He will do what He promises. We all have doubts about our faith from time to time. I sometimes hear in the back of my mind, “O, ye of little faith”.
And I realize that my faith, although is has grown greatly during my Christian walk, is still a “less-than-mustard” seed sized faith. I am willing to choose to not worry about some things, and gladly turn them over to the Lord. For example, as a parent, it is easy to worry about what might happen or could have happened when your child doesn’t make it home quite on time. I turn this over by just asking God to protect them and thanking Him for His security.
But in other areas, I still seem to try to control things and “handle” them on my own. It is then that I need to go to the Lord for forgiveness and in humility give up those things as well.
Faith is believing that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are real and a part of our daily lives,
Faith is trusting that God will care for us and has a plan for each day of our lives.
Faith is praying to God daily and being strengthened when we receive His response.
Faith is sharing our worries with our Lord and allowing Him to help carry our daily burdens.
Faith is knowing that my heavenly home awaits me as I struggle in the world day to day.
Faith is experiencing a personal relationship with God that carries us through the days.
Faith is living in closeness to our God and our Savior and the Holy Spirit daily.
Faith is rejoicing in God’s created world and praising Him every day for all He is.
Faith is remembering all that God has done for us already as we begin each new day.
Faith is loving others as Jesus loved and caring for those less fortunate whenever we can.
Faith is following the example of God and Jesus and creating a daily life that reflects Their light.
This week let’s strive to strengthen our faith and to live lives of meaning and purpose so that our Lord can say to each of us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
I would love to hear your thoughts on faith, too!
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we explore and strengthen our faith. Blessings!