Book Part 51, July 12, 2016

Part 51, July 12, 2016

Faith. According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is:

“… the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (NRSV)

“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.” (The Message)

… therefore, faith means living in assurance. Standing on something that’s solid, even though we can’t see it. Knowing the truth without having physical evidence. Is this so surprising, really? We humans have a tendency to believe what we can see, smell, touch, taste, or hear–the information which our physical senses communicate to our minds–and to attribute to imagination anything which doesn’t enter our minds through our senses.

Honestly, how much sense does that make? When you think about it, we do most of our living inside our own heads and seem to have a lot of trouble sorting out what’s real from what’s not. As children, many of us were told to quit daydreaming–but were (are) those daydreams any less real to us than the evidence of our senses? Our bodies will respond to events in our inner life as though they were real. We seem to have greater power over what happens in our inner life than we do over what happens in the physical world, though that’s not always so.

How much better can life be if we choose to live in faith in God’s love and goodness, and to shape our inner worlds AND our physical world to fit that conviction?

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