Strength that faith in God provides
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:1-3
God gave us the gift of salvation and the faith that is needed so we will trust and be dependent on Him. He wants His children to be fully committed to Him and to continue to exercise their faith as they live the life they gave them. But instead of being committed to follow Him, there are those that are halfhearted in their loyalty to Him. God is not looking for halfhearted commitment. Trusting God completely takes place when a believer is willing to live out a life of faith. Faith is not passive as mentioned from the whole chapter of Hebrews 11. The believers were described as having a life of faith demonstrated in their willingness to take actions when commanded to do so. It is not consistent if you claim you are a child of God and not exercise your faith. Faith is what is needed when we come to God in prayer. It takes faith to wait for His answers to our prayers. Then it is also important to have faith to accept His answer to our prayers even when the answer is contrary to what we are expecting. In Hebrews 11 we were given a list of names of men and women that were willing to follow God and live their lives by faith. The chapter begins with the reason why we place our faith in God for in Him is the realization of our hope (v. 1). Then the chapter ends with the assurance that once you live your life trusting God, He will not fail you and your future is secured in Him. “For God had something better in mind for us” (v. 40). Begin today by bringing to God in prayer the difficulties that you are confronting. Then ask Him to prepare you that whatever answer He provides you, you will take the actions He has called you to follow. Exercising faith in every difficulty that comes to your life will build up trust and confidence to God. Just like the men and women in Hebrews 11, you will be more prepared to be used by God to manifest His power and His glory. “Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle...” (Hebrews 11:34).