Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Faith: Facts Or Feelings?

Faith is very much an important part of every moment of every day of our lives. Yet, we rarely think about our “applied faith.”

Think, for a moment, about driving a vehicle. We turn on the ignition, start the car and begin to drive. Without thinking about it, we have faith that when we apply the brakes the car will stop. When we approach a chair and sit down, we have faith that the chair will support us and will not collapse. When we drink water, we have faith that it will quench our thirst. Faith comes from facts that “things” will always do what they have always done. It is believing that I can depend on something or someone because of its record of reliability.

“Faith,” says the author of Hebrews, “is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.” Like brakes stopping a car, a chair holding us up or water quenching our thirst.

So it with our faith in God. Because God has always done what He said He was going to do, we can believe that He will continue to honor His Word throughout eternity. When He called the universe into existence, it happened. When He promised a Savior, He “gave His only Son” to be our Savior.

The beginning of our faith is in the character of God and the end of our faith is in the work of Christ. Our faith is established in the Word of God – “for by grace are we saved through faith – not of ourselves, but from God.”

Prayer: We thank you, Lord, for Your faithfulness in honoring Your Word and keeping Your promises. May our faith continue to grow as we come to know You better. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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