“Now faith is the substance of things hoped, evidence of things not seen.” How to live like that. We always desire to have great faith and yet it seems to require something that is super human. It requires a resilience that is beyond ourselves. We have no choice but to rely on our faith to walk through this crazy thing called life or, we could sink back into the mire that got us bogged down in the first place; we could turn our backs on God and regard the things of God as silly…But can we really turn back from the Lord and submerge our lives in the ideals of fate and luck? Having tasted of the divine and how it showers down upon us so powerfully and sweetly, would it be possible to turn away and succumb to the craziness of the world?
I honestly don’t know if I can. Yes, I am always dealing with some sort of fleshy irritant but that is a far cry from just letting go of God and letting the world take over.
Maybe I’m not a normal believer of Jesus. Maybe the crazy impossible things God has done for me aren’t evident in your life. Or maybe they are and you just haven’t noticed them. That’s possible. Sometimes God’s blessings swoop in and take over as if they have always been there and we are dumbfounded by the whole ordeal. The enemy will do whatever he can to discredit the Lord even if it’s just stealing His thunder.
Walk by faith…how does that work? The uncertainty of it all! The lack of control! The trust!!! Then that thing that you’ve been dreaming of; that thing that you really have doubted would actually come into being, is laid out before you in perfection and harmony. It is so easy for us to think of and dwell upon the ugly and yet the beautiful is too beautiful to accept. Many an incredible blessing has been lost to believers due to their unbelief. Unbelief is so normal. It’s so prevalent in our society. Not in third world countries though. They have faith that believes big and expects the impossible to transpire in their lives. Why is it easy for them and so difficult for us Americans?
I think that often out of our poverty our hearts cry more earnestly. When we are comfortable and feel rather secure we aren’t as desperate. It’s as if our belief is covered by some sort of film that keeps it from exploding from a heart of zeal and passion that can only come from a heart that is sold out for Jesus.
Thing is that that miracles happen right here in our midst every single day. Seems as if they get a kinda second act rap though. In the news it’s all the awful stuff that captures our hearts. Then somewhere on the back page of the news is the Good News. Seemingly ordinary occurrences that are anything but ordinary. In ways we are too busy to notice the miracles that are erupting all around us every day. We walk along on our way home or down the street and we don’t even notice the birds or the leaves on the trees or the sweet smell of fall. We’re in our head or in our phone. We’ve lost our sense of wonder at a world that is screaming to be applauded by us for the Creators creativity and marvel.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen…It’s believing when there isn’t anything telling you that whatever you’re hoping for isn’t beyond invisible. It looks impossible. That, my friend, is when God does His best work. He loves to do work that cannot be attributed to anyone or anything else. The world laughs at us as we let it take credit for things that it has nothing to do with.
I can’t turn away from God. It’s too late, I’m in too deep. I expect miracles. I expect the impossible to erupt in my life and your life. I live expectantly. I don’t let the worlds report cloud what the word of God says. The worlds report is so messy and contradictory and if I immerse myself in it I will think nothing but doom and gloom. I wouldn’t believe in redemption. I wouldn’t believe in healing. I wouldn’t believe in tithing. I wouldn’t believe in success. I’d be wrought with unbelief.
Some things are best left unread or ungoogled. Information isn’t always a positive in our lives. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Truly.
Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.