Choosing to be sure

I love questions. Thus the reason I loved the above photo immediately! My favorite question is why…but I’m happy with any question. Sometimes I’m so stunned at an occurrence that I have trouble choosing which question to ask first. That might be the only time you ever see me speechless!

Yesterday in the sermon, our pastor read from Hebrews,

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

As I was reading along, I noticed some notes scribbled on the bottom of the page from some long forgotten sermon, class, or conference. The note said that this substance of things hope for is us choosing to be sure. Seems like faith doesn’t have to be some mysterious feeling or strange insight that super Christians have after all. It is simply us, choosing every day, to be sure of the God who loves us.

But on the days when the choosing seems hard, God is so good to remind me. 

  • There was the day this past week when I felt particularly lonely and my phone rang. When I looked down, I couldn’t have been more astonished to see the name of a dear, sweet, long-time friend who lives in another city and who I hadn’t spoken to in months.
  • There were two days this past week when dire, urgent prayer requests came across my Facebook news feed from friends in different parts of the country. And prayers were lifted up by God’s people for days.
  • And on Sunday? Well, there was an answered prayer dropped into my lap via text message that I didn’t see coming. At least not on this day.

You know, one day our faith will be sight. And I often long for that day when all my questions will be answered. I’m quite sure God will be glad when I have no questions left! But in the meantime, I’ll keep choosing to be sure. 

Because there is no other choice when God keeps reminding me that He’s got this. 






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