Hebrews 11:1, 6 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
They say that faith is believing without seeing. In the book, Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts, My sister Sara said that she believes that faith is believing without seeing, but it is also believing without feeling. It’s believing in those moments when our hearts ache and our tears betray us by spilling over when we know better but feel the pain anyway.
It’s not about always being in a happy place, as much as we should try to live there. It’s about believing even when the happy place isn’t ours to have. It’s about those times when we can’t see or feel the promise, but we believe in the promise anyway.
Faith isn’t a feeling. It’s believing despite our feelings.
And I do.
The bible tells us in Matthew 24:35; “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” And in 1 Peter 1:25, “The word of the Lord endures forever…”
Faith is trusting God’s word, which never changes.
There are many things in life that will change…our health, friendships, jobs, homes…kids grow and move away; loved ones pass away. Some of these changes can bring us joy, but along with joy are often feelings of loneliness, sadness, and brokenness.
Through all of these feelings, God’s word never changes. No matter how we feel, we can choose to surrender our life to God knowing and having faith that His word never changes.
There have been times in my life that God has seemed far away. It is during those times that I choose to surrender to Him and remind myself to trust and have faith in His word. His word tells me that His love is unconditional. That His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.”
Choose Faith, my friends.
Laura Frankl Pedersen is a Voice with Women of Faith. Laura is also a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach who has worked over 25 years in the field of human resources and organizational training and development. In 2011 after losing both her dad and sister, Laura found herself being called to continue the spirit lead legacy of her sister, Sara Frankl. Sara lived with chronic pain as a result of an autoimmune disease and was eventually confined to her home before dying at 38 years old. If anyone had reason to focus on the unfairness of life, it was Sara. Yet through her faith and trust in God, she surrendered her life to Him and therefore accomplished something few can…she chose joy!
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