“Now, faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Trusting faith provides a concrete reality to the hope in our hope. Our hope is built on the word of God, the actions of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Faith turns hope into reality. It replaces a vague hope with a strong belief of hope realized. While Jesus was teaching hope, He was calling for faith. Faith that would turn the hope into a trusting of the promises that took away doubt. Over and over again, He admonished the disciples for their doubt, casting it in the light of disbelief.
Trusting faith is discovering that the unseen is a reality, as sure as if it could be seen. You cannot maintain trusting faith and doubt that the unseen promises are true. You cannot live a life of genuine faith and wonder if something that God has said is real or not. You can measure your faith when you can say, “I believe even though I cannot see.”
Task for Today: Thomas doubted. He needed to experience the real thing before he would give himself over to faith. The real thing convinced him, but it wasn’t faith. What about you today? Is there any doubt in your mind that Jesus is God and that He died on the cross for you? Do you know in your heart that He rose from the dead and is coming back for you? Where is your faith today? Give in to the Spirit. Surrender to Jesus and ask for help in your unbelief.