Hebrews 11:1 (ERV)
11 Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1 (CJB)
11 Trusting[a] is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
There are seasons when the realities in front of me begin to erode hope, assurance and confidence. I find that I no longer am walking in Trusting Confidence but in a watered down version where I settle for less than. I stop engaging fully in prayer to see someone made new. I begin to join in the process of patch work almost afraid to really ask, to believe and to move in the unseen. I leave the door only partially open not risking catching a glimpse of what God sees so that I will not be disappointed. The work becomes moving away from disappointment rather than moving towards full assurance.
How does this translate into daily living? . . .my prayers become focused only on immediate needs, I pull back my interactions to the surface, I start to go down trails of discontent and it was not meant to be. It is true that I must leave room for "other" and individaul choices but I must walk in faith when I cannot see evidence of what I am believing for...I am asked to seek the Lord to fully understand and fully encounter the what could be, the what will be, the what is the heart of God not only for me but for those I am working to serve. If I do not carry in my heart a confidence that the "other" can move out of their place of despair, pain and disease than I am not truly standing in the gap to show them the way. I must be moved to certainty...to a place of keeping my vision for them and the purpose of the work motivated by love fixed and settled.
Definition of certain
I have learned in Equine therapy that there is a principle of congruence that a horse, through relationship, will respond to people whose insides match the outside. That working with the horse can help me recognize where I am emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally incongruent. This means my words and actions and thoughts must match or the horse will not fully engage. When we walk through hurts or have worked with people intimately for a long time we become good at this too. Recognizing if the person we are encountering is "congruent" , "safe", "sincere" helps us more fully respond and build trust with those who "match." The principle of faith is no different...if what I hope for is not congruent with what God sees and has promised, then I will not be fully trusted nor potentially able to stand in the gap where I need to. I will not be fully present remaining fixed and settled in the promises and hope given through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the one thing and one place from which I can be fully equipped and fully certain. This is where I need to allow realignment and open the door fully in faith.
May we hold onto hope in the full assurance we have in Jesus Christ! May we remain fixed and settled in seeing beyond the broken!
May we be aligned in faith to move in congruence!