“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
It is one thing to say, “I’ve got hope…and joy…and peace” when everything is going great. But when you find yourself walking through the darkest days — seasons that are saturated with doubt, fear, and grief — we tend to lose sight of the hope we once had.
When you read the first chapter of the book of Ruth, you find a woman named Naomi. In the first 5 verses, she walked through a famine, she lost her husband, both of her sons died, and she was left alone with no one to provide for her or protect her.
And as a result of all the tragedy and misfortune — after all the heartache and agony, grief and despair— Naomi felt “the Lord’s hand had turned against her.” And yet even in feeling this way, she remained hopeful and moved forward by faith.
Hebrews 11:1 reminds us, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Here is what I want you to see today: Naomi couldn’t see the potential of her future, but she believed in God’s plan for her future. And that belief moved her forward by faith.
Maybe you are there today. Friend, if that’s you, be encouraged that even in the darkest days, there is hope. You have got to see beyond your pain to His plan. Believe that the story is not over and better days are possible.
If you want to be a person of courage. if you want to be a person whose legacy continues to be passed down because of the faith you displayed, you must remain hopeful. It is not about what you see at the moment, but what God can do at any moment.
FAITH is the confidence in what we HOPE for, the assurance of things we do not see. There is ALWAYS HOPE. You just have to have the courage to believe it!