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Faith is the bedrock of life. Without faith, it is difficult to have a positive outlook about the future. The biblical definition of faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It is the passage of scripture concerning the purpose intended for a person of faith in relation to the covenant of God.

You see, without having faith in something or somebody, it would be like purchasing a sailboat without hope of the wind ever blowing. Faith is believing what you do not see; however, the reward for having faith is to see what you believe. If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear to you.

Faith is about believing that things will work out in the end. It does not require reason or proof, faith simply exists. F. B. Meyer said, “the education of our faith is incomplete until we learn that God’s providence works through loss.” There can be a ministry to all of us through the failure and fading of things. The  biblical story of Elijah reminds us of our need to keep the faith during the darkest hours and heart wrenching circumstances.

Elijah faced starvation at a dwindling brook where he sat. His life was perhaps a picture of our lives during this pandemic. Some time later the brook dried up and left him faced with starvation. This maybe the history of your yesterdays and the prophecy of your tomorrows. The story teaches us that we must learn the difference between trusting in our gift and trusting in the giver of life.

The gift may last for a season, but the giver of life is eternal. If the Lord had led Elijah directly to the widow at the Zarephath, he would have missed something that helped make him a better man which is living by faith. Often, we have no idea what is ahead of us or what is around the corner. But when we have faith in God, we can take a “leap of faith” because we know that God will bring us through our circumstances. So, keep on living by faith and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

 

By Chaplain Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net