Fear of the Future – The Need for Clarity
Faith vs. Fear
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
As we wrap up our week of emphasis on our fear of the future, what better verse to turn to than the one for today’s devotional. It speaks of a future full of hope and certainty… exactly what everyone needs!
Let’s start with the word “faith” and its importance to our journey. In Hebrews 11:6, the writer of Hebrews reminds us that it is impossible to please God without faith! Jesus said, in Matthew 9:29, that “according to your faith, it will be done.” The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:17 that the “righteous will live by faith.” It’s nearly impossible to exaggerate the important role that faith plays in the life of a Christ follower!
Next, our scripture for today tells us that “faith is being sure of what we hope for.” This ties in with yesterday’s devotional thoughts… setting goals. In our journey with God, once we set goals, we must believe they will happen. Our goals are what we “hope for” – thus faith says: “I am sure they will happen!”
Secondly, our scripture continues to explain faith by using the word “certain” … certain of what we do not see. Again, we set our goals; the preferred future for our lives and then we “drive a faith stake!” Faith says: I am certain it will happen, even though I can’t see it now!
This lifestyle makes us very pleasant and joy-filled people. We understand God’s will must be done and we’re good with that. But that doesn’t change our faith-filled attitudes while we wait for what we hope for and are certain of our future blessing.
Father, you know I want only your way and will for my life. Until that is revealed, I’m living with my hopes and certainties that make up my preferred future. In Jesus’ Name, amen.