through His Word
How many times have we stood on the edge of the unknown and we knew we should move forward in faith? Has it happened recently to you? We hesitate to enter the unknown because we can’t see how things will turn out. We can’t see the safety net either—God’s invisible hand. Human reasoning tells us to run back the way we came, to depend on what we can see, and to trust in our own abilities. But a still, small voice tells us to "jump" in faith. We recall how God has helped us in the past. We remember when He taught us to fly.
I can’t count how many “unknowns” I’ve stood before, unsure of what was ahead. But I do remember that each time I jumped in faith, either God caught me or He taught me to fly. When I have depended on Him, He has never let me plummet into darkness. He was the light I needed and the hand that upheld me.
Faith. How do you define it? Is faith believing God without evidence? Or is it believing the evidence that God gives?
From what I’ve seen in Scripture, faith is believing the evidence that God gives and holding onto it. It’s moving forward with Him even when we don’t know how things will turn out. Abraham left his homeland, Hannah cried out to God, David killed the giant, Daniel kept praying three times a day, and Simeon waited for the Savior to be born. They all acted out of faith, based on what they knew was possible with God. Do we?
Where is God calling us to go? What are we trusting Him to give us? What giants need to be slain? What persecution or spiritual harassment is troubling us? In whatever way we need God to act today, we can count on Him. We have His Word as a witness that He never fails, and we have our history with Him to remind us that He is faithful. We can step into the unknown because we have God as our Savior, Father, and Friend. Then the unknown becomes known, the darkness turns to light, and hope becomes a reality.
As you’re waiting for hopes to become realities, I’d like to encourage your heart with these verses on faith. This is the last devotion in our Door Post Verses series. Next week will be a recap of the topics we have looked at in the Bible. “Faith” seems to be the perfect way to end our series—that we take to heart all the verses we’ve read and we live them out. That we begin this new year with joy and anticipation because we believe in a great God. He will teach us to fly.
Which one of these verses would you display in your home and hide in your heart?
10 Verses on Faith:
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1 NKJV*
"Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt … if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
"Do not be afraid; only believe." Mark 5:36
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
That no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." Galatians 3:11
Fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12
The testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:3
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
What faith verse is precious to you? Tell me in the comments below, and may God strengthen your faith, be your light, and help you to walk with Him each and every day! He goes before us, and He has perfect wisdom, love, and power to guide us and to take care of His own.
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*All verses are NKJV.
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