Faith is much more than just positive thinking or blind trust. The bible says that our faith actually has substance to it. That it is something we can stand firmly on and hold on to when the storms of life come. Faith is built on two strong pillars as outlined in the book of Hebrews and in the life of the forefather of our faith, Abraham.
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
God makes promises to us and he gladly backs them up with his character. As we step out and trust him, he reveals his faithfulness in our moments of obedience. Then the next time something difficult comes along or he asks us to do something out of our comfort zone, we have the experience to fall back on. He builds our trust through his faithfulness to his promises in our lives. He comes through for us time and time again and we discover that our God truly is worthy of our faith and trust.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.