09 January 2012

Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…”

Such a paradox, it seems. Eternal life is promised, but only in death is the promise fulfilled. Glorious resurrection is assured, but physical decay is the door through which it comes. In Christ we are made righteous, even as sin attracts us still. Happiness is our true destiny, but it is the gift of the Man of Sorrows. All these things tell us poignantly that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Here is faith: anticipating our complete union with God, in the sure hope that God waits to receive us. Here is faith: waiting upon God, knowing that He is unchanging and always merciful, the One who brings good out of every circumstance. Here is faith: accepting the truth that without God we are incomplete, we are restless, and that we will find no completeness, no rest, apart from Almighty God.