Let me start this by saying, “Praise God our trials are only temporary!” In the scope of eternity, whatever we are currently dealing with is only a small blip on the radar of eternity. That being said, in the now, we still have to deal with our issues and one of the most important things we can do while we are walking them out it is to maintain an attitude of faith. I have found out a couple of things during my walk with Christ: one, I can’t do it alone, and two, while I am praying for my circumstances to change, God is often waiting to change me through my circumstances.
In Hebrews 11:1, we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” and the best time we have to exhibit our faith is when we are in the most difficult situations. When times are tough and we realize we can’t make it on our own, that is when an attitude of faith decides our outcome. With faith, we will be on the other side, looking back rejoicing how God took us through hell on earth. Without faith, we will still be in hell wishing or hoping that someone, anyone would help us. Not only is faith vital to knowing our God, it is essential to help us in trying to understand how and why God does what He does. We will never fully understand His ways because they are so much higher than our own, but when we are confident in God and His word, despite our circumstances, there is such a peace that goes along with living. The amazing thing is that God will always do what is right and best and that confidence comes with faith.
Faith must be our foundation if we are going to stand firm against anything the world throws at us; without it, we will be lucky to just stand at all. Throughout scripture, faith has played a central role; it has saved nations, it has healed the sick and most importantly, it has provided salvation and forgiveness for our sins. Faith as tiny as a mustard seed can move mountains, so imagine what unwavering faith could accomplish in your own life and in the lives around you. God is waiting to take us to the next level and the first step to getting there begins with a step of faith. With this first step of faith, we can rewrite Hebrews 11:1 to read: “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see!”