The Bible Says
“This is the day that the Lord has made; we shall rejoice and be glad in it” Psalms 118:24
The Bible Says:
Hebrews 11:1- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God, Hebrews 11:6. Now is an indicator of time but is not subject to the dimension of time. Now is our eternal. Faith is the assurance and anticipation of something that we have been waiting for. Faith is based upon our experience, as well as our relationship with God. Faith is the basic ingredient to beginning a believer’s trust in God, but it ends with the promises of God. Hoped in its past tense serves as an indicator that this is not the author's first expression of having to trust God. Hoped gives testament to other situations where faith has been demonstrated, and God has provided. Evidence climaxes this scripture. Substance and hope are not tangible; therefore, evidence won’t be tangible. Once faith materializes, it’s no longer faith but now the promise of God. John 20:24-31 is the story of Thomas, who couldn’t believe in the resurrected Jesus till he could see the nail wounds in his hand, put his fingers on them, and place his hand inside the wound. So that this description won’t take a stomach-churning, the resurrected body of Jesus is unique. It’s not the same kind of flesh and blood as we know flesh and blood. The resurrected body is no longer subject to the same laws of nature before death. And because everyone matters to God and he wants all to trust him, Jesus appeared to Thomas the way he asks so that he could believe. Some waiver in faith, others don’t believe; my response, pray and ask God to demonstrate and materialize so that you can believe. God is faithful and will create situations where he will be revealed and transpired so that your faith will be visible, and a trusting, and lasting relationship will begin to develop. God wants more than mere acknowledgement from us but a dynamic relationship that will transform our life, James 2:19,20. When we have faith and trust in God, we are seeking him, and scripture says that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him, Hebrews 11:6. And what is the reward; the promises of God. Whatever you do, don’t lose your seek! Darkness may try to overshadow; remember, the Israelites crossed the Red Sea at night because God provided them light through a pillar of cloud. Whenever we call upon the name of the Lord he will always answer.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for revealed faith in the life of every reader. When words are lacking and indeterminate let desire speak on our behalf. We need you now more than ever. We seek you whole-heartedly; in Jesus name, Amen.
Tracye E. Nance-Byrd – granddaughter
Maggie E. Nance – grandmother & originator of column