Hebrews 11:3 -Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. KJV
Have you ever had a situation in life that you didn’t understand? Well, if you haven’t, I have had enough of them to share with you! And it is doing those times that our trust in a loving God is challenged. It’s a time when the wheat is separated from the tare.
Loss is a huge disappointment to us all. Whether you lose a job, a promotion, a family member, a relationship, or your health, it can be pretty traumatic causing you to say, “God, I don’t understand!”
Well, one day I was going through a pretty tough time in my life and I said this very thing. Then I heard a whisper in my heart, “By faith we understand!” NKJV states by faith while the KJV states through. But the bottom line is that faith is the key to understanding those difficult things in life. Those things you really don’t have a logical answer for. Like creation!
We believe in creation because the Word of God, which authenticates itself, says that God created the heavens and the earth. Of course, any rational person can look at the majesty of the world and draw that conclusion. It takes beyond faith to believe in evolution, but that’s for another day!
Faith, is about trust. It isn’t blind faith, as some would have you believe, but it is faith in the character and the word of the person you have placed your trust in. For example, I have absolute faith in my husband’s commitment to me. Over the years I have found that I can trust him and what he says to me. He comes home every day looking for me to spend time with me. He wants to hang out with me and talk to me throughout the day. We enjoy each other’s company today as much, maybe more, than we did when we were dating. If someone accused him to me of being unfaithful, I would trust him over them.
This to me is what that phrase meant when God spoke it to me. When I don’t understand the things that are going on around me, by faith I just trust that God understands. He knows what is happening and why, and He is not shocked by any of it. His character and His word has been proven to me over and over again, and I refuse to line up with the accuser against Him and His word.
Some attribute their heartaches and disappointments to God, either directly or indirectly. They even dress up tragedy and disappointment by saying He is Sovereign. And He is! (Also a topic for another day!) But not me! By faith I understand that God loves me as much as He said that He loves me and is looking out for me. By faith I understand that in this world I will have tribulations, but Jesus has overcome the world and so can I! By faith I understand that “it’s not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit” that I will win the battle over disappointment and hurts. By faith I understand that this trial I’m going through, God will show me what to do! By faith I understand that if God be for me, who can be against me. By faith I understand that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. By faith I understand that the thoughts that God think towards me are for good and not for evil to bring me to an expected end! I think you get the point!
It’s not always my first thought, but it doesn’t take me long to get there! I am truly training my heart and my words to understand that what I don’t understand in this life, I choose to understand by faith! God has truly been so good to me. I won’t disappoint Him and break His heart by having Him to thing that I don’t trust Him to take good care of me as He has promised. Wonderful Jesus!