Is seeing believing? Or do you see through believing?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3 NIV
I see God through believing, while at one time I needed to see proof to believe in something. Now I have faith, which enables me to see beyond the limitations of my physical senses.
Through the trials, trauma, and triumphs of my life, I've discovered God has been present for me in all of it. Not that he caused any of it, although I will concede that he may have allowed the trials, trauma, and triumphs to occur, he was there for me in all of it (think of John 10:10).
I've lived long enough to know that faith helps me to see a life beyond grief and loss, beyond pain, hopelessness, or helplessness. By faith, I see what God is doing to rebuild my life, and who God is calling me to. By faith I see a life filled with God’s goodness, God’s love, and God’s grace.
I don't know what you believe, but I believe we exist to live lives of deep purpose; living an abundant life sacred purpose and intention.
We do not have to define ourselves by past trauma or grief, but by breaking through to true life in Christ despite life breaking down around us.
This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Jeremiah 6:16 NIV
Today, I am humbled and filled with gratitude for the life I've been privileged to live, and I look forward to the next adventure that God has for me!
Show me the ancient paths, Lord God. Help direct my steps!
Pastor Jeremy Evans