Handling Adversity ~ DAY 61

Our faith is tested in the crucible of life.  When we go through times of adversity trusting in the Lord, our faith is purified and refined.  Faith is not only being sure of what we hope for, it is also the inner conviction of the reality of the invisible, including God Himself.  Peter writes, “You have not seen Him, but you love Him.  You do not see Him now, but you believe in Him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy”  (1 Peter 1:8).

What a gift from God we possess.  We have supernatural powers through Him, and one of those powers is the ability to see the invisible.  It is not that God grants us supernatural eyesight.  It is the ability that rests on the foundation that if God has declared something to be real or true, then that is all the proof we need.  You and I may never actually see it with our physical eyes, but it is not less real to us in this life because God has declared it to be so.  Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen me?  Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed”  (John 20:29).  If we must see something with our eyes to believe it is true, we severely limit our vision in this life.  There will be so much that we miss because we have little or no spiritual vision.  But when we trust the Word of God a whole new world opens before our eyes.

Someone wrote that the best definition they ever saw outside the Bible about faith was this:  dependence on the veracity of another.  In other words, faith says “Amen” to everything God says.  Faith takes God without any “ifs.”  If God says it, faith says, “I believe it.”  “For every one of God’s promises are yes in Him, therefore also through Him the Amen is spoken, to the glory we give to God” (2 Corinthians 1:20). 

The author of Hebrews goes on to say in verse three, “By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so the visible has its origin in the invisible.”  God made the universe out of nothing.  Science without God cannot be fully trusted because science cannot trace the universe back to something.  It all started with the word of God.  Even the material universe is made up of things we cannot see.  Yet we believe in these microscopic building blocks of the universe. 

It is so important that we possess a faith in God, a faith that is not wavering or weak because when a crisis arrives in our lives or we are required to go through an extended season of adversity, we need a strong and secure faith in God in order to endure or persevere and come through the trial even stronger than we were before.

So, let’s exercise our faith and begin focusing on the invisible realities we know exist because God said these things exist and are real.  Consider not only what exists now that we cannot see.  Think about things that God has said will come to pass in the future because He has promised to bring it about.  Let our present and future reality, even though unseen at this moment, bring you comfort and encouragement as you travel through your adversity.