My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. Psalm 62:5-6
Recommended Reading – Genesis 45:1-8
Faith is a gift from God. It allows us to perceive the truth, even if it is unseen. It persuades our emotions to embrace the truth and then moves our will to act upon it. When God promised Abraham and his descendants a land of their own, Abraham could have pretended to believe but chosen not to leave the safety of his home. Instead, Abraham accepted the unseen reality of God’s Word: he packed his possessions and left home. Abraham knew that God’s promises were more reliable than his own perceptions.
Joseph had a prophetic dream. Despite being sold into slavery, with no rights or power, he conducted himself with integrity. Instead of giving up or cursing God, Joseph had faith. After years of waiting he became Pharaoh’s right hand man. The prophetic dream was fulfilled when Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers. He generously forgave them for selling him into slavery because his faith enabled him to see that God had worked every circumstance in his life for good.
Faith changes our perspective, attitude, and actions. We can be filled with peace because God’s promises are more reliable than what we can perceive or know.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.