It seems these days that we form most of our decisions and beliefs based on what we can see and feel. It’s become second nature to plan our lives based on the fixed factors of work and family. Planning isn’t bad, but where does faith fit in? What happens when things go wrong? Do you try to fix them yourself or do you rely on faith?
The 11th chapter of Hebrews is referred to by many as “the book of Faith” and it begins with the hallmark scripture, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1 NKJV). This means that genuine faith isn’t subject to our plans, but should be the very foundation of our lives…not to get something from God, but to give something to Him––our complete trust and confidence!
We can do a lot of great things for God (i.e., attend church regularly, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, etc.), but if we don’t have faith in God, then we’re really not pleasing Him… “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). So, we can work and struggle to achieve success in life, but true blessings are the rewards of FAITH alone.
So, I ask you…What is your life built on? What’s your foundation? I know it can be difficult to surrender control over to a God you can’t see, but we can’t rely on our wisdom because even the wisest person is foolish without faith. God’s ways might not always make sense, but faith is walking in the dark with God, holding His hand, until He brings you safely into the light. Even though we can’t see God physically, building our lives on the Foundation of Faith gives us the ability to truly trust Him with our whole lives and positions us to receive all that He has for us!
Dr. Derek Grier
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