Thought for today
“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) The Living Bible has: “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen… .” That’s not even a good paraphrase. In fact this is an abomination of God’s Word. It is not about what we WANT, but what God wants. What does faith do? It assures us of those things we hope for, and convinces us of things we have never seen. Think about faith in relation to things not seen. Faith convinces us of things not seen. As you think about this, make a mental list of things you believe, but have not seen: We have not seen God through direct, visual contact; we did not witness creation; we did not observe the sin of Adam and Eve; we have no visual knowledge of the exodus of Israel, or their entrance into the promised land. We did not witness the birth of Christ, we were not with Him on the roads of Galilee, we did not see Him die on the cross, nor witness His resurrection. These are things we believe, but have not seen. When we believe and affirm as truth that which we haven’t seen, that’s faith. Faith convinces us of things not seen. One translation says: “makes us certain of realities we do not see.” ( 2 Cor. 5:7). “Things hoped for” is not about my carnal wishes, it is about what God has promised to the just, who live by faith. For example, we look forward to the second coming of Christ, the resurrection and heaven. Faith assures us of those things. We learn what faith is by considering what faith does. Faith convinces us of things we have never seen, and faith assures us of things we hope for (not our fleshly wants). Do you have the faith described in Hebrews 11:1?
Lord God, thank You for the faith You have instilled in me and the promises You have given me as well. Help me when my faith is small, yet let it be as a mustard seed to that will grow and grow. Thank You for loving me so much more than I could ever deserve. You are so good and merciful at all times. Bless this day according to Your will, in Jesus name,
Have a great day
“In the beginning God………………..” !