“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7
Faith doesn’t exist if I can cope on my own. Faith begins when a situation looks hopeless and it appears as if Satan is winning. I’m called to invest my heart when it feels like folly if I do.
Abraham probably felt exhilarated when he received the promise of a child. High on spiritual adrenaline, he was full of faith. But when faith meets the real world and the thrill of hearing from God is dulled by life, faith is tested. The miracle of Abraham’s story and why God blessed him so much was that his faith did not weaken when he considered the odds against he and Sarah. They had always been barren. They were now old. They had never known anyone their age who had conceived. It seemed preposterous to believe they could be the first.
Faith defies feelings ~ because it requires me to believe God though I have sunk comfortably into disbelief. It’s so easy to grow complacent, throw my hands up and give up. I can feel relieved not to trust anymore and to let my hope die. Faith is uncomfortable, challenging me to confront it and then open my heart to God and the promise of a blessed future..
When things are the bleakest, faith has a starting place. And, when there is no proof that faith is rational, that’s when I cling all the more to it.
You are Power, Peace, and the Promise. I trust. Amen