The Difference Faith Makes

By the time you are reading this article I will have had the privilege of uniting two very good friends of mine in marriage. It’s a wedding I thought would take place several years ago, but I am grateful to be part of it this weekend.

The new husband, Tim, is truly a man after God’s own heart. From the moment he became a follower of Jesus Christ he has sought to learn and know more on a daily basis. His incredible FAITH has seen him through incredibly difficult times, including a battle against a cancerous tumor in his brain. Financial struggles, family issues, and personal challenges have faced Tim in the years since he met Jesus in the shallow end of my swimming pool. Each one was hard, but FAITH in Christ, even as a new believer, held Tim up and carried him through.

The new bride, Mary, has also had her share of struggles through the years. A single mom,  she was left to raise two young boys on her own. Again, it was FAITH, not just knowledge or belief but dependence and trust, that carried her through, and she has been a remarkable mom and faithful follower of Christ.

Hebrews chapter 11 talks about FAITH so much that I have subtitled this section of Scripture “FAITH-BOOK.” Over and over again the phrase “by faith” is repeated. As the author unpacks the stories of some of the patriarchs of Judaism we see the critical role that FAITH played I their journey. The fact is that we need FAITH in our lives. This is so much more than just knowing about God. FAITH that will carry us through is true dependence and trust.

Face tomorrow and the next day BY FAITH.

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