I was reading through the book of Hebrews lately, and I came across the old familiar "faith verse" Hebrews 11:1. I decided to look it up in a few different versions. Check them out.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (NIV)
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (ESV)
"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd." (the Message)
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (KJV)
Wow, no matter how it's said, it stays the same...faith means believing God even when we don't see it. But do we live rally live that way? Really?
Think about it...do we live our lives in a way that we are looking for "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen?" Or do we order, plan, prepare, figure out our lives in such a way that we really don't have to trust God for anything?
Over the last few months we've been challenged to live lives that give God an opportunity to show up with the "things not seen"...and it's been challenging. But as we look over these last few months, we wouldn't live it any other way. God and His overwhelming love takes our breath away every time.
So what do you say? Is there something in your life God's calling you to do but you're waiting until you have it all figured out and planned? Or are you living in a way that "the fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see."
If not now...when?