As we continue to travel this journey called life, our experiences will always be many and diverse. At times these experiences can be most challenging to the point that we ask God, “Why me?” In times like these, some of us pray and give the challenge to the Lord as we continue to persevere. However, others lose hope and give up. When we turn it over to the Lord, that means we are keeping the faith. As the adage goes, “If you are going to worry, don’t pray; if you are going to pray, don’t worry.” When we continue to worry about a situation, we are telling God that we do not trust Him. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) affirms, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is about believing that everything is going to be all right even though the picture may look bleak.
There are many examples of biblical characters from whom we can gain knowledge and wisdom about faith. Take note of these two exceptional examples:
• The Roman officer – Matthew 8:5-13
“When Jesus returned ... a Roman officer came and pleaded with him ... Jesus said, ‘I will come and heal him.’ But the officer said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.’ ...When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following Him, he said, ‘I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!’”
• The woman with an issue of blood – Mark 5:25-34
“A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding ... She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind Him through the crowd and touched His robe. For she thought to herself, ‘If I can just touch His robe, I will be healed.’ Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition ... Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of Him and told Him what she had done. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.’”
In our daily living, the following six attributes show us what our faith should look like: believing when you don’t see it, obeying when you don’t understand it, giving when you don’t have all of it, persisting when you don’t feel like it, thanking God before you receive it, and trusting God even if you don’t get it.
Always abound in the faith, and never leave home without Him!
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