Faith for What We Cannot See: June 5, 2019 Email

Today was the last day of school for my first grader. Wow! My momma heart wanted today to be perfect for him (some of you know where that is going to end).

The problem started because my kids hate mornings. In fact, some mornings, like today, they wage an all out assault on all things “good morning”. If you ask my mother, she might say that this is just a taste of what I put her through, but I digress.

To put it simply, the morning was not perfect and I had to pull out the mean mommy voice more than once.

I dropped him off at school and I felt awful.

It took all that I had not to turn around and run into that school and embarrass him with a big kiss and hug and, more likely than not, tears.

But I had to have faith that he would be ok. I had to put this little thing in God’s hands and have faith that God would make my son’s day a good one.

I started thinking more about this faith and faith in general. My faith that God would take care of my little boy when I could not see him is just a tiny lesson God is using to make me a person of faith.

The last couple of days I have spent some time in one of my favorite books: Hebrews. I have loved this book since I studied it in Junior High and it has meant more every time I have returned to it (something that I have found true about all of the Word of God). Specifically, Hebrews chapters 11 and 12.

Hebrews 11 is most often called the “faith chapter” and a quick look through it will show you why.

It is a beautiful list of people through the generations and what they did by faith. The list is familiar and a little intimidating. But the point is that it was faith that led these people through some of the most difficult, confusing times of their lives; a faith that God is good and has a plan.

Then, right in the middle of this list is a reminder that is both sobering and heartening:

Hebrews 11:13 ” All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on the earth.”

Sobering: These wonderful paragons of faith didn’t live to see what they knew God was doing.

Heartening: By faith, they knew these things were coming. They saw the beauty that God had planned because of their faith in Him.

I’ve said all of these rambling things to make this point to you: Sometimes you will feel like the hard work you are being called to do in the name of Jesus is not producing the effect you thought you would see. Sometimes the answers will not come. But the answers may not be for us. The work we are being called to do may be, and likely is, the foundation for so much more in God’s plan. We know it is coming and we work towards it, even if we will never see it, because we have the gift of faith in our good God.

Again, the writer of Hebrews puts it much better than I could have:

Hebrews 12:1-3″Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

I hope that this encourages you today.

God Bless you and keep you,