“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” //St. Thomas Aquinas
In our world today, to keep faith in God and His promises has continually become a more difficult task. Abortion, terrorism, and the push for secularism across the country, among other things, has lead those who have faith to be challenged in everyday life. To continually have to strive to listen to God’s call above the noise of this world and to keep our eyes on Him.
But, as always, we are not alone in this struggle. Through the Bible, we are able to see examples of those who have continued to keep their eyes on God. We see what is true through faith.
Hebrews 11 contains a few of those examples.
It starts by giving us a firm definition of what faith is:
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence* of things not seen.a2Because of it the ancients were well attested.3b By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,* so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.” – Hebrews 11:1-3
Faith is what we don’t see. It’s beliefs we hold when times get tough and that allow us to work through those bad days. Faith is knowing God is there, guiding you, as you continue through life.
In the rest of the passage, we are given examples of those who have accomplished great feats through faith in God. In fact, the phrase “By faith” is repeated eighteen time. This provides us a comfort to know we are not alone in our struggles.
It was “by faith” that Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and many more took the difficult path and trusted the Lord. Even outside of Hebrews 11, there have been many instances of men and women trusting and having faith in the Lord.
As young women, we live in a world where there are dark times and trails that will test us, but we will be able to preserve and work through it all through faith in God.