HEBREWS 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Let me ask some questions.  First in regards to your path, are you on it running fast or are you barely moving at a snail’s pace?  Second, who is leading and directing?  Do you know who it is?  Could it be sin, an idol, hopelessness, despair, you, or is it God?  Next, have you selected the destination or have you released it to Christ? Is your destination unknown or is your heart set on a location?  Finally, are you certain of that which you do not see?  Do you really believe there is a God and do you trust Him with your future and welfare?

Now, take a minute and reread these questions and soak them in for a bit.  Meditate on them.  They are not easy questions and I want you to answer all or some of them in your heart.

We are told in Hebrews 11:1 that FAITH is being sure of what we hope for so, what is it that you hope for in life?  What are you hoping to happen today and in your future? Does it involve God?  Are you hoping for a life that is easy and comfortable, or are you daring enough to believe that with the sunshine some rain must fall?

Hardships are designed to strengthen all of God’s children.  We were not given an easy and comfortable life to live down here.  We are in training. The easy life ended with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Are you sure of that which you have placed your hopes and in whom your hopes now rest?  Is it with God or man?  Education and money or trust and hope in your Creator?

Finally, I tell you this:  you cannot hold on to hope if you are not certain of God, an invisible Savior who speaks to your heart. If you doubt that which is unseen, how can you believe in eternal life and heaven?

Many of you are living through difficult experiences and struggles.  Living through fiery trials, without believing in an unseen God who leads the way to righteousness, is an impossibility. Let me end this the way it began…. By asking a question or two.

Do you have the necessary faith to trust God in His ability to see you through your present trial, even though your future is unclear?  What are your hopes for the future?  How will you make the rest of your life down here matter? Do you have a goal or purpose you want to achieve?  Will the rest of your days on earth merely be that of sorrow and grief?  Or, could you be ready for a clean start?  This new start would mean examining yourself and learning from your struggle. Then, use the lessons you have learned along your way and help others on their journey.

HEBREWS 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” ~ George Mueller