Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
That’s God’s definition of faith. We all find our own definition while we walk through the valley.
When a loved one gets the word that they only have three months to live, we either have faith or we don’t. Trusting God to see us through the darkness doesn’t mean we understand why it’s happening, or that we accept the doctor’s verdict.
We are not in control. Times like this prove it to us anew. The situation rips from our tightly-gripped fingers. Neither are doctors in control. They study medicine and know the human body, but each prognosis they divvy up with expert insights might just as easily be wrong for that individual. Yet, we emotionally-charged humans tend to surrender our faith at the word of a doctor.
Faith is the substance that God will provide the best and most helpful solution. Faith reminds us of Romans 8:28.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- Do you love God?
- Did God call you and save you?
- Is His purpose to save all mankind?
If you answer “yes” to all three, then even bad medical news, looming financial ruin, or rejection by a loved one will work together for your good. Not will be good, but will work together to be good.
Corrie Ten Boom faced hatred, deprivation, torture, and losing loved ones in a World War II concentration camp. What’s her definition of faith?
When a train goes through a tunnel, and it gets dark, you don’t throw away your ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
When my husband and I visited Diamond Head on the Oahu island of Hawaii a few years ago, the inside of the fort was dark with a narrow stairway. I could see only vague images. A line of tourists held hands to guide each other up the steps. It was okay as long as I sensed the tug of the hand in front of me because I knew at the front of the line was a guide who knew the way to our destination.
Trust walks blindly through the darkness without worry as long as we feel the tug of Christ’s hand.
This week brought turmoil and uncertainty to my family, but Christ leads, and we will follow. Thank you, Lord, for faith, which is also a gift from You.