“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center… to which we may continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts... calling us home unto Itself.”
Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion, 1941
Spend a few moments looking into your heart today and see: Christ’s Light is there, waiting for you.next >
Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith.
By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.
Hebrews 11:1-3next >
Have you ever heard the question, “Which came first? The chicken, or the egg?” The question seems impossible—chickens must hatch from eggs, but eggs must be laid by chickens. It doesn’t seem that either a chicken or an egg could come first, because you can’t have one without the other!
Sometimes faith feels like a similar problem. Which comes first? Faith in God, or seeing God at work around us? On the one hand, we won’t see evidence of God at work if we don’t believe in God. But on the other hand, why would we believe in God if we don’t see evidence of God around us?
Hebrews tells us that faith is the evidence of what we hope for, and the proof of what we don’t see. Faith and the ability to see God go hand in hand; you can’t have one without the other. As Augustine said in his 43rd sermon, “Faith means believing what you don’t yet see, and the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
Andrew Garnettnext >
God, give me a faith that is alive; give me a faith that is the evidence of what I hope for, and the proof of what I don’t see. Amen.next >
Go today with a faith that is alive to the presence and the possibilities of God.
Andrew Garnett is the Minister for Serving Christ at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, visiting historical sites, and playing board games — and the more complicated the board game, the better!
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