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Solid Faith: Day 1

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.                      
Hebrews 11 (The Message)

What is faith? A leap in the dark? Your biggest dream projected into a future reality? Or are you like the little boy who said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”

In the book of Hebrews, the author makes some pretty big claims regarding the nature of faith: it is a fundamental fact of existence, faith in God is the foundation of a worthwhile life and the key to understanding what we can’t see. 

To put it another way, faith is not only something we do; it is something that is.

Everyone lives by faith. Even those who would consider themselves non-religious look to something to give their life purpose: successful relationships, intelligence or abilities, their bank balance. We get up every morning, conduct our day’s business and crawl into bed at night confident that something we are placing our faith in today will give meaning and security to our tomorrows.

Yet, no matter how hard we work and dream, life may not go according to plan: the loving words and actions of those at the center of our universe may not translate into long-term commitment, that bright future may never be realized, today’s net worth may not translate into tomorrow’s spendable cash.

But in this passage, we are given an amazing promise. When our faith is centered in God, we gain a trustworthy perspective on today and an insight into tomorrow.

Nancy Shirah

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