We look around us and, sometimes, we struggle to see anything good. There is pain and sadness and loss. The walking wounded are everywhere and we don’t always know what to say. Just have faith – that tends to be one of our default responses.
You can’t pay your bills? Just have faith.
Dashed dreams? Painful loss? Ill loved ones? Misunderstandings? Just have faith.
What does that even mean?
Take just a moment and read Hebrews 11 – and read it slowly. Most of us know this as the Hall of Faith portion of Scripture. We read of Abel’s faithful offering and Abraham’s faithful obedience. There is Moses and David and Samuel. We can read what faith looked like in their lives. There is one verse, however, that is often overlooked.
Before any mention of a specific individual’s faith, there is this.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. – Hebrews 11:3
Faith, broken down into its most basic form, is the belief that God makes something out of nothing. He did it during creation and He does it today.
We come to Him broken and He creates beauty.
We come to Him empty and He fills us up.
We bring Him our hurts and He gives us hope.
Whatever you face. Wherever you are. Just have faith. God can still make something out of nothing.