Faith

Which is easier for you, to see and believe or to believe what you cannot see? There are many of us who struggle to believe what we cannot see. We want proof before we will even consider believing in something or someone. But the Bible says to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7) Have you ever thought about what that means or what that would look like? In fact in the whole of Scripture we are actually taught that to walk by faith is really the way to life. In the book of Hebrews¬† chapter 11 we are given a whole list of men and women who did that very thing. What did they do? They chose to believe God, even when what He was asking them to do or doing Himself that didn’t make sense. We’re told that many of them didn’t even see what was promised to them fulfilled and they still trusted God. How many of us are willing to continue following someone who doesn’t fulfill what they promised? Usually we are quick to point it out when we see that a politician neglecting what they promised. So what was the key for them? Why did they continue to believe God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that they had what I call a “bigger picture mindset”. In other words they understood that life was bigger than just themselves and their circumstances. They not only understood but believed that God was real and that He had a bigger purpose for their life. And not only a bigger purpose but that God held for them a bigger inheritance of meaning, significance and eternity that outweighed anything in this world. Do you believe that? The truth is that most of us get caught up in what we see. Wealth, success, entertainment, happiness, comfort, escape from the struggles of daily life are some of the things that we see and pursue. But they don’t include faith, well not faith in God.¬† And so they will not satisfy for long and so what then? Jesus gives us the answer when He said when talking to the Samaritan women at the well in John 4 ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'”(NIV) The deep satisfaction of our heart and soul that transcends our hurt and pain and fills our every longing is found in Christ and faith in Him. It is a faith that not only fills us in the deepest parts but it leads us to a life of adventure and purpose and meaning as Christ begins to lead us to follow Him and use us to lead others to that same faith that brings life to all who will believe. Will you believe today in the Saviour who you cannot see but is real and alive and wants to fill you overflowing? If you do your life will never be the same!

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