Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1).
Faith in God is certainty and assurance of our relationship with God, and a conviction that our destiny is secure in Him. To put our trust or confidence either in human ability and power or in false gods and the things of this world is to discover that men and things can fail you. God will never leave you or fail you! Faith accepts that what God has said is as good as done. It’s knowing with certainty that God is faithful to keep His promises (Hebrews 10:23).
There is a reward for placing our confidence in God alone. Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Your ability to stand on God’s Word and stay focused on what you cannot yet see with your eyes determines how much of God’s goodness manifests in your life. We have assurance and confidence that God is going to come through.
I’ve learned that during seasons where it appears as though nothing is happening presents the greatest challenge to our faith. So, how do you remain confident and exercise patience when nothing appears to be happening? Let’s look at a few examples from Hebrews to see how the Saints of old managed to live by faith while waiting on the manifestation of God’s promises.
There is a motley crew of people mentioned in Hebrews 11:1-40 that chose to live by faith in the promises of God. They didn’t know exactly when God would fulfill His promises, yet they chose to trust Him.
Noah who was warned by God about the things in the future that he couldn’t see, obeyed God and constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and received God’s approval that comes through faith (Hebrews 11:7).
And there’s Abraham the father of faith. Abraham was told to go to a place that would be given to him as an inheritance. God didn’t tell him where he was going. Abraham left his own country without knowing where he was going. Faith and obedience led him to make his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country the country that God had promised him. He lived in tents while waiting for the city that God had designed and built, the city with permanent foundations (Hebrews 11:8-12).
Now I have to mention Moses because Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s palace. His faith led him to refuse to be known as a son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He left Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. Instead, he chose to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a little while. He persevered in faith as if he could actually see the invisible God (Hebrews 11:27).
I love this because though we can’t see Him, we love Him; and even though we do not see him now, we believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, we are receiving the end result of our faith, the salvation of our souls. The genuineness of our faith is of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though it’s being refined by fire so that it may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:7-8).
Through faith these men and women conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword. They were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect (Hebrews 11:39-40).
At every new level there are new challenges. Having faith in God is the key to victory. When we go through life’s challenges, whether it’s family issues, sickness or financial lack, faith in God opens the door and paves the way for Him to meet every need (Phil. 4:19). We must have faith in God, who He is, what He says and what He can do. Not only that, we must have confidence in our relationship with Him.
Every challenge you will ever face is an opportunity for you to build strength of character to endure the “nothing is happening” seasons of life. Determine to remain confident and endure these seasons with patience until the manifestation of God’s promise.
A lifestyle of faith is essential when walking with God as kingdom believers. Without it we cannot please God!
2019 will be a year that we have never seen before. A year of acceleration and suddenlies. A year where things will happen quickly! As I remain in a posture of prayer, God is showing me that He desires His people to have “confident faith” with full assurance that He will keep His promises.
“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! (Amos 9:13 MSG)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.