Today’s Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. - Hebrews 11:1
It is trendy to make a cake with more than two or three layers, multiple layers, like maybe twelve. And I have to admit it does create a moist delicious cake especially if the cook will put plenty of icing between each layer and about half an inch on the top and sides. I’m an icing kind of cake guy. The more layers of faith you realize exist and the more you understand and the more you dive deep into, the potential for greater faith exists. Faith is not only believing God can and will do what he promises to do, but faith is also understanding he has done what he says he will do when we cannot see or feel it. There is two or three or four layers of faith and there are many more. Some principles of faith are easier to understand than others. It may be within reason to understand and by faith believe Christ died for our sins and the payment and guilt of sin has been settled, but it may be much different when life is at its worse to believe he will never leave us or forsake us. When everything you can see or feel appears as if you are walking all alone and defenseless, faith says you are not alone, God is with you. We hope we are not alone and we want to be certain we are not alone, faith says we are not alone. We hope to spend eternity in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father and we really would like to be certain of that reality, but in our own capacity we are left hopeless. Faith gives us hope and certainty and assurance of eternity through our relationship with Jesus Christ. What God promises he does. In all matters.
Heavenly Father, increase our faith so we grow more and more into understanding the depth of being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see. Let us live past questioning all matters, but believing the richness of your promises. We confess our impatience because we want to see, help us to live as if we see. By faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.