(Yes I am very much aware that I am a tad bit weird and at times extra but that is what makes me me right? Okay then so we’re cool :))
While doing some studying I came across something; I am pretty sure that I read this plenty of times but while reading Hebrews chapter 11, I found myself evaluating my belief.
This belief I speak of is my belief about what faith is and my understanding of it.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not have to deal with cutting your hands on shattered hopes?
Well, after contemplation and reading, that possibility does not seem so foreign at all, it in fact is so close I can fee its presence on my skin!
Hebrews 11: 1 clearly states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith and hope goes hand in hand. Faith is believing that what we hope for can come to pass; faith is spiritually seeing what can come into fruition (2 Corinthians 5:7); it is the confidence in God.
Can it be at times we use faith to place God in a box as our genie? I mean if we have faith then it has to happen, right?
Eh wrong, it does not have to.
I believe that God does focus on the physicality and yes, He wants us to succeed while on earth but his concern is the soul!
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John1:2)
Take note in, even as thy soul, this scripture emphasizes the importance of the soul prospering and how it is just as important (most likely more) as the materialistic things we try to put first.
What if faith is ultimately trusting God and understanding and believing that He is able to make the impossible possible?
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20)
What if that mountain can be doubt?
What if by having faith and trusting God, doubt has no choice but to move out of the way?
With that thought in place, we are able to put our trust in God and in His will and plan for us. If it doesn’t go our way or how we would like it to go it’ll be okay because Gods way supersedes our way and 300 out of 100 times His way is better!
Faith is the confidence in God and in His Word. It can be the confidence in the fact that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), in spite of our plans not going as expected or it can be the confidence in knowing that as a Christian we are heirs of Christ and that what He says we shall receive in His Word, we shall receive.
“16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:16-18)
Here is what I am trying to get to, if God says it, it will happen and despite the odds we must stand on His Word and believe that as heirs of Christ we shall receive it.
If we want it, we must believe God can make it happen despite the odds, we must trust Him in every aspect of our life and trust that He is able to do the impossible and if its not in His will for it to come to pass, our faith and trust should not be altered. Now that’s trust.
Trust is a big deal, without it how can a relationship be maintained?
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
If you want to get a run down of individuals in the Bible who had faith, I mean literally, read Hebrews 11. It talks about those who had faith and received, and those you have not received but still had faith,
Maybe if we perceive faith in a different light and focus more on the heavenly rather then on the earthly and overall place the heavenly desires as our foundation, things would be easier. When I say things I mean, stress, anxiety, broken hopes, dreams and ultimately life.
Lets try to see the broken hopes as a puzzle piece that only God can put together, in which He can make it look way better then the boring picture on the box!