“And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Faith requires courage. Being assured of what you hope for, believing what you can’t yet see—this isn’t easy. It can be scary to put ourselves out there. Especially when people in our lives or plans we made have ultimately let us down. Our heart may begin to wonder if God will do the same.
God knows how hard it is and how tempted we are to close ourselves off from true, solid faith. This is likely why He views our faith so highly, why it ranks above power and prestige and our efforts to prove ourselves “worthy.” He wants us to believe Him. To take Him at His Word. To believe His unchanging character and His great wisdom. Even when we can’t see how He will accomplish what He has said.
It isn’t a blind faith, clinging to fanciful ideas and refusing to open our eyes to reality. Rather, it is looking beyond our current circumstances—whatever it is we’re struggling to believe—and calling to mind God’s faithfulness in the past. The ways He’s come through for us. The evidence revealed in the lives of those around us and through all the generations of His people.
Abram believed the Lord at a word. Having a son appeared impossible; he had experienced decades of barrenness and disappointment. But God promised a son, and through him descendants that would number more than the stars. And Abram believed Him.
Oh, that we would trust our God this much. Recognizing the almighty power that is behind His every word, every promise. Knowing in our heart—not just our head—that our God is able to accomplish all that He has said. He is the same God who made this man Abraham, the father of many nations (Genesis 17:5). And because He is faithful and true, He will not fail us.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
“And without faith it is impossible to please him,
for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
It is not a wavering faith we are called to. It is a firm resolution. Our God exists. And He is good to those who seek Him. Let us determine to hold fast, opening our hearts to the assurance of things hoped for, things promised to us in Christ. Believe the Lord your God. Pray to Him. Meditate on His Word. Watch for Him. And believe.
“His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.”
“Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf”
2 Chronicles 20:17