Faith is the convistion that "the Lord will provide" even when all the evidence contradicts this conviction. Abraham loved God, but he also loved Issac. Did he love God enough to give up his son? The Greek Scriptures (New Testament) answers this awful question by turning it around. God loved us enough to give up His son. On the strength of no more than assurance, we are challenged to believe as Abraham did on the edge of despair that "the Lord will provide."
Faith is easy when life is easy. But when life becomes hard and we need health or freedom or hope, we may receive nothing beyond the promise that God cares and the signs of that care.
Do health and happiness make it easier to believe in God?
Do you trust God only when things go well?
How does God encourage us to live for others?
PRAYER: "What can I give him poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part,
Yet what can I give him? Give him my heart"