“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” Hebrews 11:1-2
Deep inside everyone is this sense that there is something more. Most people push it down, avoid it, or disregard it, because it is beyond their control; however, we all have it within us. It usually shows up when someone close to us dies or when we look up at the stars and try to comprehend the complexity and unending nature of the universe. And yet despite these brief moments of clarity we are masters at avoiding things we don’t understand or can’t control ourselves, and so we lose faith.
The truth is, you will always have faith in something. You will either have it in the Lord, in yourself, or in something or someone else. Usually we rely on ourselves to get by, trusting in what we can see and what we can control. The problem with that approach, however, is that we are very unreliable, and it never turns out well for us. The ironic thing is that typically we then blame God when things don’t go our way, even though the reality is that we blatantly disregarded God.
The great men and women of faith, the legends who were written about in the Bible, all were defined by their faith in the Lord, and yet, all of these men and women were just mere humans who struggled at times with their faith; nonetheless, these men and women found out that having faith in something greater than yourself is also how you become something greater than yourself. Having faith in the One who is greater than we are, who created everything we see, gives us the ability to rise above our circumstances and gives us the ability to be something greater than we could ever conceive.
What are you putting your faith in these days?