1 Peter 3:14-16 “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”
One of the accusations the lost have about Christianity is that we follow blindly, which we cannot see. They cannot see nor understand faith.
One of our faith’s building blocks is hope.
The hope of a Christian is sure. It is not some pie-in-the-sky scheme thought and perpetuated by a bunch of con artists. Science, reason, philosophy, and history all confirm the Bible to be true. Yet, it still comes down to faith’s decision.
One piece of evidence that we can offer is how our Father sustains us through trials.
The biblical definition of faith is:
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The substance of our faith takes hope based on things we cannot see.
We have evidence of answered prayer.
We have evidence of the perpetuity of the church.
We have evidence of creation.
We have evidence of transformed lives.
Some have set out to disprove what they thought was the god-myth only to prove scripture true.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
God even promised that His Word would not return unto Him void.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Many blindly follow words of deniers than that which God has evidently done in the lives of His children.
Some see no sense in the trials we go through, both saved and lost alike. Yet, God’s Word tells us that the trying of our faith is for His glory and to build us.
James 1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
I am comforted knowing that there is a purpose and a plan behind the trials I go through. Some may not bear any fruit until we see the result in Heaven.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
God states His purpose to us and then reveals His plan.
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
When we allow God to work in and through us, He can reveal Himself to others just by handling trials that come our way.
Without God’s Word, we would all be lost. It shows what surrounds me and lights the path I am meant to travel.
Psalm 119:105 “NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life“
We follow directed steps by the One who created us. We obey because been shown love like no other. All are drawn to Him.
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
When we lift up our Savior each day, we can confirm our faith both to ourselves and those around us. As we begin this week, may it be saturated with the Word of God that all may see and know we belong to Him!