“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1; NASB)
“Where is your God now?”
It is a hard question, often asked under the most burdensome circumstances. Job’s friends and wife asked the question. And even though they didn’t ask it, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets and a host of others (Heb. 11) were all candidates to ask it.
But instead of asking the question, they chose to live by faith. They learned the secret of trusting God rather than circumstances. You see, faith is not a promise that no trouble will afflict our lives. And faith is not undermined not by difficult circumstances. There will be trouble and difficulty in every person’s life. Rather, faith is undermined when we are distracted from following the Lord of the circumstances. Just ask Peter. He got wet learning that it wasn’t the waves, but a lack of faith that sank him (Mt. 14:30-31).
Oswald Chambers said it well. “Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason — a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.” (My Utmost for His Highest, March 19.)
Be confident. Be confident not in your situation, your contacts, your friends and family, or your position. But be confident in the ever-present help in time of need. Be confident in God who answers those who come to Him in faith (Js. 1:6).
Faith is not the absence of questions or safety from problems and risks. Faith is the presence of an unwavering trust in God who will always do what is good (best) and loving for His people.