Hope In The Dark

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Habakkuk 3:17–18

If we understood everything that was going on in the world around us or in our lives individually we wouldn’t need faith now would we. It was C.H. Spurgeon who said, “Hope Itself is like a star-not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” If you were a great student in school you most likely didn’t loath taking a test because of the confidence you possessed that you would successfully pass the test. On the other hand, if you didn’t know the subject matter you might easily be overcome with trepidation.

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” our bible teaches us. The more we know and understand the heart of God, the more confident we become in the dark when we are tested by life. Knowing the heart of God is what free’s us from worry. There is an old saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff and remember it’s all small stuff” and that is only possible when you have confidence that everything really is “small stuff” to God and that everything that happens to you and I must first pass through the filter of God’s love.

Are you aware that there is something better than having answers to all of our “why” questions in life? Peace is far better than knowing the answers to our “why” questions for the simple fact that knowing the answers to life’s questions doesn’t provide us peace. Thats why God offers us “peace that surpasses our understanding” because God knows we need and desire peace of mind more than knowing all the answers. Here is where faith comes in. It was C.S. Lewis who said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. Faith is the evidence of things not seen meaning we live and act as if the things we hope for have already been realized, we live as if they have been received. Thats called living out your faith. Faith without action is merely a dream because a dream is something we might think about or wish would come true but it doesn’t motivate us to action. Faith is always accompanied by action as faith, true faith has substance to it. Faith then is what keeps hope alive, and faith is what keeps us looking for stars in the night.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1


Michael Osthimer





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