How do I know what they're doing if I can't see them?
Based on prior experience, I know. I don't need to see them to know what they’re doing this year because of my experience last year. I have faith that what I’m hearing is what I’ve seen before.
God defines faith as substance of things hoped for, things NOT seen. But faith is not blind. It's based upon evidence.
- We have previous, personal experiences where God revealed Himself to us. He gave us hope in dire times, peace in troublesome times, love in lonely times.
- We have the eye witness testimony of our friends, loved ones, fellow believers who have encountered His presence, provision, protection.
- Even with no prior experience, we can have faith based on the accounts of the saints (Hebrews 11) and others, and Jesus Himself speaks to us, encouraging us to "Remember the words I spoke to you..." John 15:20
The word "remember" appears 233 times in the Bible. Even though there are things that God forgets (thankfully!), we are instructed to remember the times that He was faithful to us and base our faith on His faithfulness. Repeatedly, we're told He will never leave us or forsake us.
When we can't see through the fog, we can believe the road is still there.
When we can't see past the stones bombarding us, we can rely on the One who is the solid Rock.
When we can't see what the future holds, we can trust the One who holds the future.
I’m not the only one who has faith that the birds, though unseen, are there, building away. My dog can't see the birds, but she sure can hear them. Between the cooing, the fluttering, the tweeting, and the barking, it is a veritable cacophony of sounds, an orchestra from God.
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
Beloved, is it dark where you are today?
Can you trust that He will bring you the dawn?