What is Faith?


Confident assurance

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot see. God gave his approval to people in days of old because of their faith.

Hebrews 11:1-2 NLT

Certain of what I could not see!

I led my husband from one room of the condominium to the next.…”It’s perfect for us. Let’s make an offer.” That evening Charles pored over the numbers, making sure we could afford it. “I think we can swing it,” he said. I tingled at the thought of moving into our very own home. When the owners accepted our offer, I whooped with joy. “Thank you, Lord.”

…”We don’t have the money now,” Charles said soberly. “You’re right,” I said. “We don’t have the money. But God does. I’m going to ask him for it.” The sum of $10,000 came to mind. Each morning I prayed in faith, “Lord, thank you for the $10,000 now hidden, to be revealed according to your will.”

Was I treating God like a vending machine? Pop in a prayer and out slides the answer. I remembered times in my life when I have been more focused on my own agenda that on his will. But somehow this time was different. Our new home had come into our lives in such a miraculous way. With a failed job and a bankruptcy in our past, it seemed we had lost our chance to have a place of our own. I prayed, believing, sure of what I hoped for and certain of what I did not see.

Two weeks before closing, Charles flew to Kentucky to visit his ailing parents. Charles told Robert about the condominium and my strange prayer.

A knowing smile spread across Robert’s face. “I think I know the answer,” he said. “Mom just released $10,000 to each of us from Dad’s estate. I planned to tell you about it today.”

What had been hidden was now revealed — and the timing, God’s timing, was perfect.

Karen O’Connor

Adapted from The Prayer Bible Jean E. Syswerda, general editor, Tyndale House Publishers (2003), p 1369.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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