11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11 is known as the Hall of Faith because of the many faithful people in the Bible that are listed and exemplify great faith. Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and Moses were just a few named and there are so many more. I am reminded this morning that I must develop my faith and lean wholly on my Heavenly Father.
Whenever stress builds I tend to default to relying on myself. I often try to fix things on my own (as if I actually have control over the situation). I’ll work harder, make others work harder, scheme more and manipulate situations to get a favorable outcome. Thankfully, I’ve finally learned that I’m not in control of anything! God is! Time and time again I’ve seen God answer prayer. Things that are completely out of my control miraculously turn out well because I’ve handed the situation over to Him. I know that no matter what the outcome is, He’s in control.
Faith is a strange thing. It’s not easy to relinquish control, but once you do, there is a freedom and peace that only God can provide. I’m not in charge, I’m not in control; the Creator of the Universe is. Of course, I have my part to play. I must do my best, be prepared, work hard and put in the time, but once I’ve given my all, then I leave it in His hands. Faith is knowing that the One who is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent determines the outcome and He loves me and wants the best for me.
That doesn’t mean that I will understand what’s happening or why. Our world is filled with tragedy – illness, death, financial collapse, relationship problems, family issues, aging challenges, just to name a few. God never promised to keep us from those, He promised to walk with us through them.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for loving me. Thank You for seeing around all of the corners, from beginning to the end and guiding and directing me to Your very best.
In Jesus name,