This morning I opened my Bible to Hebrews 11: 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I know that God is dealing with me in this area. One way we demonstrate our faith is through obedience. Faith is knowing that if I seek God diligently, make sacrifices, fear God, and obey His word, that He will be pleased with me. Faith is knowing that His answer may not be what I want to hear, but that it is the best answer for me in any given situation. Faith is stepping out of His way, and letting Him handle the things in which I cannot control. And that which I can control is my responsibility. If I were in need of job, it would be up to me to actively look for work. Not to say that He can’t drop a job in my lap, He’s done that in a sense, but I was busy doing the job He’d already given me to the best of my abilities. So, faith without works is dead. God is faithful. He doesn’t know how not to be. In other words, He will do His part. We show Him that we trust Him by activating our faith.
When we ask, according to His will, we must activate our faith. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son. God blessed him and Sara with a son even in their old age. That part alone is worth noting, but Abraham was willing to offer his only son as a sacrifice before the Lord. He trusted that God would raise Isaac up even in death. It didn’t go that far, but what awesome faith Abraham had. Am I willing to sacrifice the one thing I desire most from the Lord? Are you? Trusting that even if it’s taken away/never granted from/to us that He will provide something greater. There are things that I hope for, and in some cases there is no evidence that I’ll see them, but I am standing in faith that when I do my part, God will show up. And sometimes He shows up even when we don’t. Let’s please Him today; activate your faith.