What is f a i t h?
‘’ Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about the things we cannot see’’.
The word of God is a crucial part of our lives because it drives our faith in God. His word provides us with comfort, encouragement and guidance that propels our faith in times of adversity.
Hebrews 11:6 even says that ‘’ It is impossible to please God without faith’’.
Why does God require faith?
Ask yourselves this… would you want to be close with someone that did not trust you?
It is very difficult for any sort of relationship to flourish without trust. The same applies to our relationship with God. When we struggle in trusting God, we struggle in accepting His word and the promises He has for us. His word is the very thing that is supposed to see us through times of hardship. This is how we end up feeling confused, angry and frustrated in times in trouble.
“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
The Israelites were in despair as they arrived in the wilderness of Sin. At this point they felt they would be better off back in Egypt as slaves. Whereas in the chapter beforehand, the Israelites were praising God for delivering them from the Egyptians by making a way through the red sea.
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.’’
Often, we do the same thing! God will do something great in our lives and we will be praising and dancing, then we face adversity and become consumed by our present situation.
God stated from the beginning the plans he had for the Israelites:
Then the LORD told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.
So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.
In their hardship, the promises that God had made to the Israelites seemed far off. The wilderness looked nothing like “a land flowing with milk and honey”.
A lot of the time when things are going bad the Word of God doesn’t usually appear to match up to our reality.
You read God saying He will never leave, forsake or abandon you, but at that point you feel so lonely. You feel like the only person on earth. God said he will work everything out but it seems like you’ve been waiting for years in the wilderness.
In such times we need to remember
For we live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Not by sight, not by feeling, not by emotion, but by FAITH!
What we see or how we feel may change. But the word of God remains. So when things get bad we need to stand strong on his word not on our sight or feelings. Like many other things, this is easier said than done. But perseverance is key, we have to keep on trusting, praying and believing.
And remember that God is always with us, giving us the strength to endure.
‘May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light’. (Colossians 1:11-12)
Written by Bernie