Gotta Have Faith

November 1, 2009

Gotta Have Faith

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

     What is faith? I love it when the Scripture gives you an answer straight out and you don’t have to interpret anything, it is just there and you can soak it in.  Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Webster’s dictionary describes sure as “firm and steady; being impossible to doubt; inevitable; not liable to fail.”  Can you imagine having something that is impossible to doubt and is not liable to fail?  I can be sure of what I hope for!  Certain is described as “being very sure of someting; without any doubt; inevitable; not mentioned but assumed.”  Again we have something without any doubt, and to top it off it is something we can’t even see!  Inevitable, which is used in both defintions, is described as “not able to be avoided or prevented.”  The things that we hope for and the things that we can’t see are the things that are “not able to be avoided or prevented.”  Go back and read those definitions again.  Let them sink in.  I am SURE of what I hope for and I am CERTAIN of what I do not see.  Wow!

      Faith is what keeps me holding on.  Faith is what helps me wake up every morning knowing I don’t have to have all the answers, which works out well considering I never will.  Faith fills my life with hope and purpose.  Faith is best understood when my eyes are closed, and I stop trying to figure everything out.  Faith like a child, holding tight because the Lord has asked me to and not wondering why.  Just a knowing that He would never do anything to harm me.  I have nothing to worry about. 

    If you look up faith, sure, and certain in a thesaurus you will find they are very often intertwined.  Faith – dependece, trust, reliance, creed, loyalty, confidence, constancy, fidelity, religion, belief.  Sure – confident, fixed, inevitable, certain, positive, trustworthy, reliable, unquestionable, convinced, steady.  Certain – definite, assured, fixed, inevitable, sure, undeniable, positive, confident, particular, special, indubitable, secure, unquestionable.

You gotta have faith.