"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Faith is trust, assurance and confidence in God. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). When I think about the word faith, I think about the "heroes" of the Bible. I think about Abraham and his faith to leave everything he had ever known, his home, his people, family, religion and follow after "I AM" after he encountered God in the burning bush.
I also think of Miriam, Moses' mother, who through her faith hid her son for 3 months and then floated him in the Nile river to safety, only then for the princess to find him and take Moses as her own child. I think of the faith of Mary, Jesus' mother. At 15 an angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her the great news. God has found favor on you and you will be with child- God's child. It was her faith that got her through. Her faith in the promises of God- the promises she had been learning her whole life. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6. It is these truths that we can cling to when things are tough. If you look at the "heroes" I mentioned, they didn't have a posh life, they didn't have everything going right for them, but in their hardship, in their trials, in their calling they rested in the one who made them and called them by name. They rested in their faith and that is where they found their peace. This Christmas season, may we too rest in our faith and find peace.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that You go before me. Thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me. You never said that things would be easy, but you did promise that you would be with me through it all. Help me see you when things are tough and help me remember your promises. Thank you for the hope we have in you. Amen.