Faith Gets You Through
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Faith in God is not a flight from reality. Exercising your faith is not a way of numbing yourself from human lived experience. Instead, faith is refusing to allow seasonal truths to make you forget eternal promises. With faith, the hardship and the struggle and the difficulty of your current circumstances can never make you forget God’s character, His goodness, His power, and His plans for your life.
Glory is the finish line you pass over after having endured the suffering of the present time. Knowing this, you can’t live just wishing and wanting for God to take the pain away. Your faith brings more to the table than that. It brings a conviction that eternal promises pull you forward when pressure is wearing you out. Your faith means when your heart is about to faint, you remember the goodness of God and it energizes you to keep on pushing. The promise gets you up when the pain keeps pushing you down. The promise keeps the forward motion when the frustration makes you want to stop.
Again, your faith is not an invitation to take flight from reality. It is a gift graced to you to filter reality through a heavenly lens. You’re not ignoring anything about your current difficulty when you exercise faith; you’re just choosing to believe God through it all. You’re not denying the struggle; you’re just pulling on the grace. You’re not ignoring the facts; you’re just living on the promises.
Faith is not some esoteric utopian hope. The reason I can say I know that troubles don’t last always is because there’s nothing in my lived experienced stronger than the resurrection of Christ. And if He could get up from the grave, if He can defeat death, and rob the grave of its victory, then there’s nothing in my life that He can’t transform and turn around. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The only thing that brings about this kind of certainty and authority is the faith that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.