You may be thinking right now that you had so much faith yesterday. Today, you seem empty. You feel like your faith has evaporated. You’re fearful, stressful, and struggling. You wonder, “How did I loose my faith?” That’s what I want to look at today.
If you’re like me, I used to think of faith as having confidence in something, someone…God…His Word. Then I discovered that confidence is not really the same thing as faith. In fact, more often than not, we lump the words faith, trust, and believe all together as the same thing. They aren’t.
Confidence is “Hope”
The Greek word translated hope is ejlpivß (elpis). The definition of elpis (hope) is “onfident expectation or anticipation.” The problem is that that’s what people normally mean when they use the word, faith. Without hope there is nothing that faith will act upon. Faith is a course of action based on the hope that a person has.
I used to be a bit confused by the words that Paul wrote in Romans 4:19, that Abraham didn’t weaken in faith when he considered his own body. What about going in to Hagar? It certainly looks to me like there was some fluctuation of faith when he did that. Not to mention other things. Yea, but not so! Read one verse earlier (v.18), “In hope he believed against hope…”
Faith Needs Hope
Weakening not in faith = He and Sarah kept on doing what you do to have children. Yuh get my drift?? Abraham and Sarah’s continued in sexual relations. That’s called faith. It was based on the fact that Abraham had hope beyond hope in God’s promise. Nothing mystical here. And, faith is always a practical action that naturally comes from having confidence in God and His Word.
Lack of Faith is Not Our Problem
Hope is not wishful thinking. That’s what it’s often been reduced to in contemporary Western civilization.. We hear, “Don’t get your hopes up.” The truth is…that’s EXACTLY what we need to do. Have our hopes as high and strong as possible. The lack of faith is not our problem. Our dilemma is a lack of sufficient hope.
I don’t know if “evaporation” is the most accurate way to describe it. But, practically speaking, the heat of daily cares, and a thousand and one other things is a drain on hope…or…that’s the way it affects the emotional part of our beings.
Fan the Flames of Hope Daily
Draw daily on positive God stories and promises. Acknowledge your confidence in Him – on purpose with your voice and with your heart. Start each day choosing Hope in Him. Actions (small, medium, and large) will logically and practically result as the fruit of hope. That’s called faith.
Hope Thou In God
David said in Psalms 42 and 44, “Why are you cast down, my soul, HOPE THOU IN GOD…”
Invest More In Hope
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