On today’s Blog, I want to focus on a word that has had a profound impact on my life: Faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us this about this important word:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith deals with unseen realities. If you can see it, you don’t need faith for it. Faith is what you have until the thing you are trusting God for arrives.
Faith is not some panic button you push during a time of crisis. It’s a lifestyle. Scripture declares the just shall live by faith. The just will live step by step, and day by day, by the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is the way God wants us to live. In fact, later in this same chapter, we are told in verse 6, “Without faith it is impossible to please [God].” Not difficult, but impossible. There’s no other lifestyle pleasing to God outside of a lifestyle of faith.
Just prior to the 1988 Olympics, a program aired about blind skiers who were paired with sighted skiers. They began their training on fairly level terrain because the blind skiers were completely dependent upon the word of the sighted skiers to direct them: “Left, right, left, right.”
Once the training was done, they took them down an Olympic slalom run. The sighted skiers skied alongside the blind skiers, calling out, “Left, right, left, right!” Those blind skiers were completely dependent upon the word of the ones who could see.
You and I need to be completely dependent upon the word of the only One who is truly sighted in this world: God, our Father. When He says, “Go right”—even if it doesn’t make sense—you need to go right.
Proverbs 3:5–6 tells us,
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Whatever you are called to do in life and wherever God leads you, maintain a lifestyle of faith.
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