By: Gabriela Yareliz
I was reflecting on the many uncertainties we face in this life. It’s a challenging adventure for all of us finite beings. As I thought about this, I was praying and I decided to read out of a devotional I sometimes dive into, by Tony Dungy, The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge.
In today’s reading, he highlights an often-read verse, as an answer to uncertainty: “faith is the confidence that what we hoped for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we can not see.” Hebrews 11:1
It’s a common verse. Not groundbreaking, at a glance, but I started to think about it with pause. I sometimes get restless and impatient and worried, and it affects my day-to-day. What this reflects is lack of faith. Faith is having trust that things will be guided by God’s hand, even when it doesn’t feel that way.
Tony Dungy writes in today’s entry, “Are you willing to move ahead on something, even if all the ducks don’t seem to be in a row? Or are you afraid to jump in? Life is full of uncertainty; God wants you to be bolstered by faith in Him.”
It never ceases to amaze me how often fear and distrust creep into our lives. Faith is the antidote to uncertainty. This never means we will always get what we want, but it means we are in God’s hands, and He will always get us home. Home is the endgame.
And sometimes, faith materializes the amazing things for which we yearn so deeply, with our hearts. I will never forget a message I heard on an early morning in Tennessee. The woman said, “Faith is believing in what you cannot see— and the reward of faith is seeing what you believed in.”
In the things that cause us stress today— in all the holes, gaps and question marks, let’s just pour faith into those. Not faith in just anyone, but faith in a God who can be trusted. We can have assurance in what we can’t see because God is faithful. We can see His mighty hand in everything around us. Faith is never blind; instead, it’s a refocus on that which has been revealed.