Where is your faith?
Economic upheaval, social strife, and natural catastrophes. All these cause us to continually feel anxious, apprehensive, and nervous. What is our response to these feelings of dread? These feelings may cause us to question our faith. Are we secure in our belief that God is there to help us in our direst of circumstances? These questions, unanswered, can result in a faith unable to stand the challenges we face in the 21st century.
In the book of Hebrews, the author addresses many Jewish believers, who had stepped out of Judaism into Christianity. Faced with persecution by their countrymen, they wanted to reverse their faith choice. The author moves forward to show that there is more to be gained in Christ than to be lost in Judaism.
Let us hold tightly…
As true as it was in the 1st century, today it is even more imperative that we believers hold firmly to our faith even in the midst of persecution, antagonist challenges, and the current worldview.
The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.
How do we counter the pressures we feel? “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” (Heb. 10:23)
Without wavering to the hope we affirm…
In God we can place our confidence and our hope. Amid gloom and crisis, we place our hope in the supreme God who rules over everything. And because God is sovereign, He ultimately controls all that happens in the world and in our lives.
Our belief and hope in our God become the refreshing promise of rescue and provision regardless of the circumstances we face. God’s plan and purpose for our life supersedes indisputable facts and devastating odds (Habakkuk 3:17-19 ).
For God can be trusted to keep His promises.
Although we flippantly have inscribed on our coins, “In God we trust”, it’s now time to write upon our hearts the Psalmist’s words, “I have put my trust in God.” (Ps. 56:4) Trust in Hebrew means bold and confident. The description means to throw oneself down, extended on the ground, upon his face. We figuratively (and literally) throw ourselves boldly into God’s arms.
As we face the many challenges of life that tend to shake the very foundation of our faith, let us “put our trust” in the One who is able to deliver us from all harm (Ps. 46:2). With God we are able to exchange our fear for bold confidence (Ps. 20:7).
Stretch out on “mature faith”, believing what God has promised in His Word. Depend on the presence of the Holy Spirit to bring to your memory that which God has said He would do (2 Cor. 1:20).
Don’t let go your faith!
Although we may occasionally “waver” in our faith (we’re a work in progress through sanctification), we must never give up on God. While we may be unsteady and even unstable at times, God never changes. He is always the same (Mal. 3:6). God is ______ and much, much more.
I believe like the writer of Hebrews that there is more (so much more) to be gained in Christ than anything and everything that this world has to offer (Eph. 1:3-17). Knowing all this, why would I ever let go my faith God!