Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. – (Hebrews 11:1, HCSB)
Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see. – (Hebrews 11:1, ERV)
Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. – (Hebrews 11:1, VOICE)
Life requires faith. We have faith that the sun will rise and tomorrow will come, yet we have not seen either yet. Faith in God and the hope that we will join Him in heaven when our days on earth are done, are made tangible as we observe all that His hands have made, and witness the glimpses of heaven that we get in the here and now. When I think of all of the beauty of creation and the unique design of every human and creature that lives, I have faith that there is indeed a Creator. There is nothing that can convince me that all that exists came from some cosmic explosion. Incredibly, the word of God tells us that no eye has seen and no mind can fathom the beauty that awaits us in paradise. I am a visual person and have viewed some overwhelming beauty here on earth. Everywhere I go, I witness whispers of the goodness and creativity of God. Though I cannot see Him, I know that He is. I do not have to understand all things for them to be real. This is where faith comes in. May we ever seek the Lord to continue to grow our faith in Him, and to further our assurance that there is so much more that is yet to come.
Faith is the fuel,
Of what we believe;
Hope that is certain,
Beyond what we see.
The goodness of God,
Beauty surrounds us,
May we keep seeking,
Choose trust in the Lord;
Ever He’s faithful,
To show us His more.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we cannot see You, we can know You. Thank You that the evidence of Your loving hand is everywhere. Forgive us for the times that our faith wavers because the mountains ahead of us seem unsurpassable. Teach us to trust You for each next step, for no obstacle is ever overcome without moving forward in faith. Show us how to love those around us in ways that make Your love, goodness and grace tangible. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to ever grow our faith with Your goodness and love. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23