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Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. This week’s blog post isn’t meant to be a devotional; it’s just a small conversation about faith. However, whenever I think about faith, my mind goes straight to Hebrews 11:1. So what is faith? The ESV version tells us that faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is being able to believe and be assured in something of which you have no tangible or visible proof. As Christians, we have faith in God. We have faith He exists, that He sent His Son to die on the cross, and that Jesus resurrected, clearing us of our sins. Unlike the disciples and apostles, we have never seen Jesus physically, yet we have faith that all of these things happened and that He exists and is living now.
This is just one example of faith. Something I am personally working on is applying faith to my everyday life. I want to have faith in the little things, not just the big ones. I am working on turning to God not only when I’m feeling nervous, scared, or apprehensive, but also when I’m feeling joy or excitement! I’m in a book club, and we’re currently reading The Practice of the Presence of God. This is a compilation of conversations and letters people had with a guy named Brother Lawrence back in the 1600s. This line stood out to me the most: “We ought to awaken faith. It is regrettable that we have so little faith.” I think this line is relatively true as Matthew 17:20 says, “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” I’m not even close to having faith like a grain of mustard seed, and do you know how small they are? They’re about two millimeters in diameter. However, I don’t want this to discourage you, as Romans 12:3 says, “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” God knows you, inside and out. He knows how much faith you have, and He will continue to give you opportunities to grow and increase your faith. It’s all part of His plan for you. This week, I encourage you to turn to God in everything you do. Try thanking Him for the good and the bad things, and work on improving both your relationship and walk with Him.