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Defend the weak and the fatherless: uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed. Psalm 82:3 (NIV)

Faith is Not Hope

There is a phrase:  Faith is not hoping that God can, it’s knowing that God will.

Faith is not a hope.  Faith is a belief.

We exercise faith constantly in our daily lives.  We believe in and depend upon countless things in our lives.  If you set an alarm clock before you go to bed, you have faith it will go off at the time set.  You believe your car will start and take you to your chosen destination.  You believe your place of employment will still exist and you will be recognized as an employee.  And while these are earthly circumstances, you go through your day believing all will turn out as expected.

Imagine a life worrying about each event in your life.  You would spend 99% of your time in doubt and fear with no hope of peace, security or productivity.

So why not exercise that same level of faith in God Almighty – the Creator of the Universe.

Matthew 6:26

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”

Matthew 6:31

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

Luke 12:25

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?

Luke 12:29

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.

These commands are quite simple……don’t worry.  Easier said than done?

“My son or daughter shows no sign of interest in Christianity.  I can’t sleep.  I worry that they will end up living a Godless life headed for hell”.

“My job doesn’t have the same security I had when I started.  With my bills, if I lose my job, I’m dead.  I can’t function productively. I worry constantly about my future.”

“Sometimes I wonder if my spouse is tired of me.  If they really love me anymore.  I can’t bear the thought of living alone.  How would I survive?”

What does Scripture say about these challenges?

Psalm 139:1

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.”

Psalm 27:9

“Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!”

Psalm 55:1

“Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.”

Life is about choices and God invites us to choose Him.  In times of doubt, we can either continue in our worry and hope things will work out for good OR exercise faith and lay our concerns at the feet of God.

“Lord I don’t know how to resolve my issues.  I don’t have enough answers or knowledge to change my circumstances.  I need help.”

Simply asking God for help can change your perspective on life.  Recognizing your own inabilities; humble yourself before the Lord and ask Him to lead and guide every aspect of your life.

James 4:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Psalm 119:8

I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly!

If we are obedient to God, His promises in Scripture are certain.

Deuteronomy 1:11

May the Lord, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you!

Psalm 9:10

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Faith is not hope.  Faith is a choice to believe.

Hebrews 13:5

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert younor will I ever forsake you,”

Tom Murphy is President of Child Hope Worldwide Inc.