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"For yet in a very little while,
He who is coming will come, and will not delay.
But My righteous one shall live by faith;
And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him."
Hebrews 10:37-38

Faith is a scary word.


Most people have a hard time having faith in one another, in leadership, in society. But all of us have a hard time having faith in God.

What is faith, really? A basic definition of faith is "complete trust or confidence in someone or something." So could we say that faith is a complete, full, unwavering trust or confidence? Sure. But let's look and see what God has to say about it:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1
What's substance? It's something that's tangible, something that's real. It's an essence. What's evidence? It's something that is proved to be true. What if we put in these words in the verse?
"Now faith is the essence of things hoped for, the proof of things not seen."
So faith is the reality of something that is hoped for, the proof of things not seen. Interesting.
Now, we've heard about faith before. We've seen it in action in the lives of Biblical figures. How did these men and women have that unwavering trust in God? How did they, despite their circumstances, believe that God was still in control?

Take Abraham, for example. In Genesis 22, God asks him to go up to Mount Moriah to sacrifice his son. It's not like Abraham was asked to sacrifice his prized lamb that he had been raising. It was his only son. This son he had been waiting so long for. Why would God give him a son and then take him away? Abraham doesn't shy away. He doesn't throw up his hands at God and yell "What are you doing? Isaac is my firstborn son, a gift you have given to me? I had waited so long for him, and now you're taking him away from me?"

Instead of confronting God, Abraham prepared for the journey to the mountain. He was ready to give up his son because God asked him to. And remember, Abraham was alive before the time of Christ's incarnation. He didn't know exactly what God had in mind. He didn't know what the future held. But he trusted God. How much more faith should we have now, knowing that Christ has come and is returning?

Take a look at the last line. "And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him." (Hebrews 10:38b) If we shrink back from faith -- if we don't surrender and trust -- He has no pleasure in us. So do we have a complete, full, unwavering trust and confidence in Christ? Is our faith total surrender, total assurance, and total reliance that God is in control?

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