“Now Faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (American Standard Version)
Our faith is often tested when we don’t see the things for which we most hope manifest in our lives. The potential relationship, for which we know is just right for us, may seem to be going nowhere fast. Our career may not be going exactly the way we thought it would and projected it would five years ago. We may have not yet reconciled or healed from a hurtful wound in a relationship with a close friend or loved one. Financially, we may feel we could do better and should be in a better place.
My friends, I humbly tell you, this is where our faith, and our actions through faith, step in. As stated early on, the Holy Bible tells us that “Faith is the ASSURANCE of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.” We may not see the relationship we want coming to fruition, we may not see the reconciliation with a loved one happening anytime soon, we may not see our finances improving in this moment. This does not mean that we should lose faith, this does not mean we should not act through faith to make these things so, this means we should INCREASE OUR FAITH.
What our creator has planned for our lives, including increase, an abundance of joy and happiness, an abundance of blessings to meet our needs, is already divinely meant for us and is for us. In that critical fact alone, we must continue to not only have faith, but to increase our faith. I remind myself of this daily.
I wrote a blog post recently about Usain Bolt, the amazing Jamaican sprinter from humble beginnings who has won eight Olympic goal medals, is an 11 time World Champion, and is presently considered to be the fastest man in the world. I don’t know Usain Bolt personally, but I am sure he does not approach races saying “I can’t do this, I will never win, it’s not worth trying.” That is not the mindset of the winner he is and has become. Winners have FAITH in themselves, even if they can’t see the outcome of the race. We must have FAITH that even if we don’t see the outcome of the race, the hurdles, and the obstacles in our lives, it can be done if we have FAITH, act in FAITH, and believe it to be so.
Keep the faith, my dear friends. Encourage those around you to have faith that things can and will get better. Encourage yourselves to continue to have faith and, lastly, be hopeful in knowing that our creator rewards faithfulness to those who diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Let’s rest in the hope of our Faith today.