Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 17
Today’s faithfulness verse is came up on my news feed and it is perfect for today.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.-Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
Unswervingly is defined as, “constant” and “steady” according to dictionary.com.
I love this word to describe the hope we have in Christ and the hope we continue to hold on to.
I was speaking with a client of mine last night and we were discussing faith and being in the midst of tough times without seeming to catch a break.
Do you ever feel like you just can’t catch a break?
I know I relate to this feeling, and often times when we think we are being faithful we are still holding back.
There are many decisions we cling to as a result of faith, but how many times after moving in faith do we ask for a sign of reassurance that we did the right thing and are on the right path?
It is not that we necessary carry unbelief about the faith we just displayed as it is more about wanting validation.
We want signs to confirm that we are on the right path, but that is not true faith. True faith is the continued belief in the absence of sight.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
This is why we can continue to hold onto hope and have faith in the midst of chaos. It is not that we need more faith to see that God is faithful, it is that we need to allow ourselves to hold on to this truth despite how we feel and what the enemy says.
Sweet friends I don’t know what you are going through, but I know we are all going through something. When we are in the midst of it all it seems that God is far away or that He doesn’t care. We start to ask for signs or reassurance that we doing the right thing, but then it doesn’t take faith to make that move .
It’s not stepping out in faith to mend a relationship if you already know how the person will respond.
It is not stepping out in faith to leave a secure job and start your own business if you know in advance that you will be successful.
To cultivate faithfulness means to continue to make Spirit-led decisions in the absence of worldly assurance.
The word “unswervingly” also refers to not veering off path, remaining straight. Notice that it says nothing about a smooth or even path, or one without bumps or potholes. We are promised bumps, but we are also promised the faithfulness of God to allow us to hold onto hope.
The shortest way to two points is a straight line. Think about that.
Today I would like you consider what it means to hold onto hope and demonstrate faith in the absence of knowing that you are doing ok or that you are on the right path. As I once read somewhere, just when you think God has forgotten about you remember that the teach is always quiet during the test.
He holds us to a higher standard because He created us with a plan in mind.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6