Give Me That Mountain

The Substance of Hope

Faith and Unbelief. Day one...

“I have lost all faith in humanity!”

Would you want someone who thinks that way teaching your child? Would you want to listen to a preacher with that perspective? Would you want to hire a salesperson with that attitude?

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Surely, twenty‐four hours of non‐stop world news would tempt the most positive person you know to make such a statement. But we don't live in a world of only bad news—unless of course we choose to.

Faith is the glue that keeps us connected to hope. Where there is no faith, there can be no hope.

And human beings must have hope in order to survive. The absence of hope leads to death.

A life without hope is like a body without an immune system. Every week I see the manifestation of hopelessness in the physical bodies of those who have no hope. Hopelessness leaves people vulnerable to the diseases associated with despair—the diseases associated with the sex, the drugs, the alcohol, the crime, and all the other distractions used to fill the void where hope should live.

This series is about faith—not faith in humanity, but faith in God.

And this series is also about the unbelief that chases away faith at every opportunity.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

The concept of faith (when taken seriously) makes nervous wrecks out of us all:

  • What is faith?
  • How do I get faith?
  • How do I use faith?
  • How can I question faith without destroying it?

It's kind of like the story about a woman who was voted by her congregation as the most humble person in the church. A special time on Sunday morning was set aside to honor her. But the minute she accepted the plaque from the pastor, he quickly took it back, telling her that she had disqualified herself as the most humble.

Faith appears to be a fragile, fleeting moment in time that is supposed to guarantee us favor with God—a feeling over which we have no control.

Faith seems to come and go like the wind. At one moment we're filled with it and at another moment we don't even remember what it was like to have it.

I want to help you take the mystery out of faith. Faith is not a feeling. Faith has substance. Faith is the substance of hope.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

And unlike the hope we put in man—a hope that is so often disappointing—the hope that results from faith in God never disappoints.

Have a good day,
Mike

Image credit: TheSnarkyJabberwocky

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