(1)“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (11) By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Hebrews 11:1, 11 (NKJV)
Oftentimes, we face trials, tests and tribulations in our daily lives. We are reminded by John 16:33 (“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”) that we will experience these things in life. Through it all, we must press forth and be vigilant in our walk with God. It’s much to look forward to when you are moving forward in Christ. There is more we can do during those trying times and that’s keeping the faith in the Savior.
So, what is faith?
Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”. Faith is believing even when it is not visible to the eye. Faith in God is being obedient to Him and our obedience is the outcome of having faith. We lean and depend on God who is in control in every aspect of our lives. If you read further into Hebrews 11, it highlights many men and women of faith. Some people may reference this chapter as the heroes of faith or the hall of faith. Sarah is among these faith heroes. She was known in the bible as a faithful woman but with faults. She and her husband Abraham were promised nations. Their seed would be blessed and highly favored for all generations. To be told at an age after your child bearing years that you would be the mother of nations, you may feel skeptical. Even when it seems impossible, we must trust God with the impossible. We can be certain that God’s promises will come to pass; we are only to be faithful. By faith, Sarah conceived Isaac in her old age because she trusted His promise to her.
My birth story is somewhat like Sarah’s. I am no where near the age that she was when she first gave birth, but my husband and I faced challenges to conceive. It was discouraging that we could not conceive right away but we did not doubt God and his promise. During that season, we prayed and sought God and even medical advice. Sixteen months and a myomectomy later, we were able to conceive our son. We praise God that He answered our prayers, not in our time, but in His.
Assurance and Expectation
There are two sides to our faith, assurance and expectation. We are assured by what we hope for and expect what we hope for that are unseen. Dr. Tony Evans gives this great illustration of faith. Can you imagine watching a 3D movie without those 3D glasses? The movie is altered no matter where you sit or how you turn your head. You must wear those glasses to see that movie. We are given those glasses prior to that movie to avoid the hassle of those distortions. Sadly, that is the problem of us having a distorted view. We see what we see, but we do not see all that there is to be seen. We need to have a divine frame of reference in order to see what is really going on.
Trusting God Anyhow
Faith in God helps us to cope with every season of life.
-Pastor Nicholas K. Derouen, Sr.
In this moment, you may be going through (as the older folks would say). Our faith is tested in different areas of our lives, but we must trust Him and believe that it is all in His hands. He has promised us that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13: 5). Keeping the faith requires remembering what brought us to faith in the first place. Faith in God helps us to cope with every season of life. If we reflect on where God has brought us from, then we can trust that He will continue to bring us through. We have the victory in Jesus Christ!
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“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)