The Long and Winding Road
“Seeing is believing!” That’s an expression we often hear in today’s world, and it’s pretty easy to believe what we see right in front of us. However, with faith, “believing is seeing!” The Bible says that faith is confidence in what we hope for (Heb 11:1). Faith is seeing what has not yet materialized in the physical world as being a reality. We cannot be Christians without faith. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and we can live by faith in a world that is full of fear. Living by faith allows us to live with peace and confidence no matter the circumstances.
Matt 7:7; Heb 11:6; Matt 9:29; Mk 9:23; Heb 11:1; Eph 3:20; Js 1:6-8; Hab 2:3-4; 1 Pt 1:6-7; 2 Cor 1:8-9; 2 Cor 1:10
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb 11:1) 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. (Heb 11:6)
Growing in faith is like exercising a muscle; it requires repetitive workouts. Faith begins by making a decision to move forward in an area where God has called us to be faithful. It may be giving our time or giving our tithe. It may be witnessing to an unbeliever. It will involve risk. It involves faith in God’s ability to use our efforts for his good. The end result often comes slowly, so hang in there. We will most likely experience difficulties, frustrations and blockades. Sometimes it seems that what we believe will never happen. Life is a long and winding road, but despite the difficulties keep believing! God will reward your faith!
Think of a time when you experienced the fulfillment of your faith? Is there an area where your faith is wavering? Is there something God is calling you to do—a step of faith you need to take?
Praise God for the times you have seen your faith fulfilled. Examine the areas where your faith is growing thin. Ask God to strengthen your faith. Take a new step of faith by moving forward with something God is calling you to do.
Father, replace my fears with faith and confidence in your presence, power, and strength. Help me to move forward in obedience and to be faithful in whatever you call me to do. I know that in Christ I can do all things! I praise you for your faithfulness to me! In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.