Faith is all I have

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, October 17, 2019


For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

As I write this devotional, someone somewhere is contemplating suicide because he or she can no longer cope with his or her circumstance. If that is you, please finish reading this devotional before harming yourself. Believe it or not, I get it. I understand why some people may think suicide is a better option than living the life that they live. However, no matter how low a person may feel, or how much they are hurting, I believe life is worth living.

Why do I believe that life is worth living? Because faith is all, I have. Faith is the reason I keep pressing forward no matter what I go through. My faith gives me the audacity to hope that things will get better at some point in life. That audacity allows me to persevere through trials, to rejoice in sorrow, and to worship even when the clouds hang low. After all, "faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

As bad as a person's present may be, that individual cannot foretell their future. Today's pain and sorrow may well be the seed for the joy of tomorrow. Psalm 126:5 tells us, "Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy." One of my favorite sayings is "a setback may well be a set up for a comeback."

Most of us have had setbacks in life. Things do not always work as we hoped and planned. Many dreams do not become a reality. Businesses do fail, as well as marriages. Some people do die of their illness. Life is filled with hazardous conditions, and no matter how religious we are, we cannot avoid pain and suffering.

That is why we need faith. What type of faith do we need to make it through the vicissitudes of life? Indeed not faith in people or religious systems. Many people have left Christianity because they have been disappointed by the Christian religion. We should have faith in the God of Christianity.

What does that faith look like? It is the ability to stand firm after you have fallen many times. Faith is trusting God to heal stage 4 cancer after the doctor sends you to hospice.

When faith is all we have, we do not try to find a shortcut or take unnecessary risks. People who walk by faith may not necessarily know the path that will lead to their deliverance. However, because the Holy Spirit is their GPS, they know they will get it anyhow.

In truth, faith is all everyone has. None of us knows if we are going to wake up the next day. And if we do wake up, we do not know what is going to happen throughout that day. Many people left their homes in the morning for work and never returned. Some people go to their private doctor, or the hospital for a routine visit and never made it back home. There is no guarantee in life.

The Bible warns us against pride and arrogance. It reminds us not to be overconfident since we do not control the future or the outcome of things. All we can do is our very best and hope for a favorable outcome. Faith gives us the ability to keep pressing forward or to keep working hard or keep hoping even when the result is not what we expected or desired.

When faith is all you have, you will "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5). People who walk by faith learn to wait patiently for the Lord and take courage when their strength is failing, or their hope is fading (Psalm 27:14). Though they are "hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I intercede on behalf of those who feel defeated and are distraught. Please give them the strength to keep pressing forward, and may your joy be restored unto them in Jesus' name.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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