This is a very familiar passage and a powerful one.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Our life is built on hope. Hope is defined as, “feeling of expectation or a desire for something to happen.” There are many desires and expectations in our life. If you were to ask a child what do you want to become when you grow up, they might say, a doctor, engineer or a pilot. Those are the usual answers we hear. We are taught to dream; to aim high; reach for the skies and work hard towards our goals. And there is always that confidence, that no matter what happens you will achieve one day; you will become what you’ve desired.
And one day, it so happens, that you get saved. God starts talking to you and reveals his will for your life and now you are all excited and pumped up.! But over time you notice a delay in fulfillment of those promises and slowly a bit of rottenness starts forming in you. You begin asking questions; when will all these things come to pass? Because we hate to wait. We want all things to be instantaneous and glorious. We want things to happen at the snap of a finger.
But that’s not how God works. God has his way and timings to work his plans for you.
During those times we have to hold on to two things.
Confidence: Confidence in what we hope.
We know that the plans and promises of God will come to pass and that builds hope in our life. We wake up to see a new day with hopes and end the day with greater hopes for the next day. That confidence keeps our hopes alive.
What if all that seemed to fail?
How will you take that ? Will you still be able to keep that confidence alive ?
Assurance: Assurance about what we do not see.
We cannot visually see the future but can only be sure of things that will happen. Small paths will lead us to greater places. We cannot, at present, see the end but can be assured that it will come to pass one day.!
What if, we lose that assurance?
Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son.
At this point, Abraham’s confidence and assurance were put to the test. God asked him to sacrifice his only son on mount Moriah. But Abraham without hesitation did what God asked him to do.
Abraham who is now called the father of faith faced a similar situation just as our confidence and assurance tested. In periods of testing, we have to hold on to God continuously no matter how difficult it seems. Those periods of testing are times when God builds your character.
When I think of my own life, the way God has worked and is still working. I can say before God build his kingdom in you, he breaks down your kingdom first. Maybe, in spite of our commitments to God, we still have something in us that needs to be cleansed and taken away so that God can work fully in our life. The more we are tested the stronger and fearless we will become.
If your confidence and assurance are put to the test then rejoice you are being made stronger.
Confidence in Hope and assurance in what we do not see gives birth to faith in us.
Stand the test of faith. You will become victorious one day.!