Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
How's your faith?
It's sometimes difficult to be faith-full people, isn't it? That's because faith, by its very nature, cannot be proved. It's the conviction of things that cannot be seen. If we could prove what we believe, we would not need faith. The day will come when faith will give way to knowledge and experience, but that day will not come until we stand before the throne of God in eternity.
In the meantime ... we live by faith. And sometimes it is difficult. Things happen in our lives that cause us to cry out to our God, and we are confronted by His seeming silence. We wonder, "Are you there, God?" Sometimes we are overwhelmed by guilt, inadequacy, and our own sinfulness. We wonder, "Do You really love me, God?"
When our faith is put to the test, we can stand beneath Christ's cross and view the visible proof of God's forgiveness and our redemption. Then our hearts proclaim, "You are here with me, God. You do love me." And we receive His power to live by faith in the meantime.
PRAYER: Father; during difficult times, strengthen our faith in Christ Jesus, Your Son and our Savior. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
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