“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
I was reminded this week of how Jesus healed so many people struggling with physical ailments during His time on earth. I wondered how many times He might have healed, but there is no counting it because many times the Bible just says “and he healed them all.” He healed them all—I love that! I can just imagine Him surrounded by crowds of hurting and sick people with no hope but a touch or word from Him. I can imagine the look of compassion in His eyes as He looked straight into each one’s heart, wanting them to know they were loved and could put their hope and trust in Him. Are you there today? Is there some physical ailment you are struggling with, or if not you, maybe a loved one? He can heal you, and if He doesn’t here on earth, you can know He still loves you and you can still place your hope and trust in Him.
You know those church signs you see now and then that make you chuckle? Such as, “Today is a gift from God. That is why it is called the present.” Clever! But I saw a church sign today that was actually more serious and it said, “Faith is trusting while you’re waiting.” Yes, so true, isn’t it? Knowing that even though God says no or wait, He’s still trustworthy. Philip Yancey says, “I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” Sometimes the making sense of it may not come until we get to heaven.
I’ve gone through some significant health struggles in my life, and some of them continue. But when I look back and remember even the times I was at my lowest, though I’d probably choose not to go through them again, I wouldn’t go back and change things. Why? Because as I went through those struggles, God worked them for good by showing me things I’m not sure I would have learned otherwise. I learned that God is sovereign, but sometimes beyond our knowledge and understanding, He allows things that are hard in our lives. I also learned He is always with us and will get us through, even if it’s day by day. I learned that even though hard things come, He doesn’t change–He still loves us and He is always good. Knowing all this births trust in me, and then faith follows, a faith that is “sure of what we hope for.” Believe me there are still times my faith wavers, but when I remind myself of these Truths, I “can be certain of what we do not see” once again.