The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.
In our lives, faith is a big deal. There are certain things that we do with our lives that won’t make sense to others who are watching us. Other people might not get why we attend church or read our Bibles or pray or don’t do certain things. Doing things like loving our enemies, forgiving those who have hurt us, and walking in peace and grace even though the world is full of stress, doesn’t make sense to our natural selves, but require faith.
I’ve been learning that complacency and faith just don’t mix. I’ve heard people say that fear is the opposite of faith, but I’m starting to believe they’re wrong: complacency is the real enemy here. Faith requires trust and a spirit of adventure when it would be far easier to just be comfortable and complacent. I’ve recently made some decisions that will require a great deal of faith. I’m making plans that will take me far outside of my comfort zone and into unknown territories. Ordinarily I would be frightened by these ideas, unwilling to move from what I’ve always done, but now I’m willing to take some big steps of faith.
Those verses above are found in Hebrews 11 and I highly encourage you to read the rest of that chapter. It catalogues the journey of some of our heroes of faith. Each verse starts with “By an act of faith…” and then details the amazing thing that faithful man or woman of God accomplished. It ends with this:
Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.
I’m so thankful for faith. More than that, I’m thankful for my journey in learning what faith is. I’ve had times of plenty and times of lack, good times and bad times, but regardless of my circumstances, and through every moment of it, God was with me. I am so grateful for chapters like Hebrews 11 and stories of other people of faith that have encouraged me in even the hardest times.
Lord, you are the author and finisher of our faith. You have placed us in this precise moment in history for a reason. Forgive us for the times we’ve lacked faith and trust in you, choosing instead to run and hide in complacency. Thank you that you are compassionate enough to continue to draw us out of our comfort zone. Thank you for consistently proving that you are worthy of our faith and trust. Speak to us today as we choose to trust in you more. Amen!