Faith and certainty

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))

I have read this passage many times during my lifetime, but today, it seems to be more important to keep strong in our faith. It seems to be ever more important to keep our eyes on Jesus. It seems to be more important to know the time and the season in which we live.

Every day brings headlines and news of things that seem to be pointing to the very rapid escalation of events that will lead to the return of Jesus. We see a religion that counters everything that Jesus taught. We see cultures that are more concerned with doing for yourself instead of doing what is right. We see the murder of unborn children and we watch as those who perform this act call it choice. We see the removal of God from all aspects of life, even when the majority claim to be believers.

When I was younger, it never crossed my mind that there may come a day when someone would be rejected because they professed a faith in Jesus. Our media and many of our leaders are rejecting the very principles upon which our nation is built. Freedom of speech now means that anybody can speak openly about what they believe in, except if they are speaking about Jesus. Freedom of religion now means that people are trying to push a freedom from religion if that religion is based on faith in Jesus.

Are you sure of what you hope for through Jesus?

Are you certain of what you do not see?

Are you strong enough in your faith to face the things that are here and are still to come?

Do you hold fast to the promises that Jesus will return? Do you have the faith to know that He will return in triumph over all that is evil?

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
(Revelation 19:11-16 (NIV))

Faith.

We see the world as it is and cry. God sees the world as it is and knows that His timing is perfect. We see the cross and know that there is hope. God sees the cross and knows that He will prevail. We can also see things as God sees them. It is called faith.

Are you certain of what you hope for?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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