To BELIEVE is to accept Truth; to feel certain that God is who He says He is—today, tomorrow, and forever!
We can all be encouraged as we experience God moving and working in our lives. Matter of fact, it is through this evidence of God working in the midst of uncertainty in my life, time-and-time again, that I can trust [and rest] in God’s goodness and faithfulness.
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” Hebrew 11:1-2a
The rest of Hebrews 11:2 goes on to say “The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” If you’re needing a bit of encouragement today, read the rest of the chapter. Over and over, we see evidence of God’s faithfulness to those who believe.
For the past two years, God has gifted me with exactly two words of the year. I’m amazed every year how God uses my word(s) of the year to draw me closer and guide me in my journey towards Christlikeness. The words even encouraging me onwards in moments of not understanding; or disbelief. One such time when things didn’t look so certain regarding our move to Hometown, OK, God kept reminding me “expectancy” as I dutifully painted a pink bathroom beige.
“That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our HOPE in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Tim 4:10
When we receive God at his Word and lean not into on our own [human] understanding, we can rest and confidently do the work we’re called to do. We are assured in Thes. 2:13, God is at work [and will bring that work to completion] in us who believe.
Do you regularly choose a word [or two] for the year? How has God used the word(s) to speak, move, or encourage you? I’d love to hear in the comments below.