Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 1:11
In this series, we are diving into what we find in God’s presence. I have personally found assurance to be one of those things, although scripture tells us that assurance is is a product of faith, and not simply presence. Faith, by definition, is having hope in something in which we have not yet seen. Something that hasn’t happened yet, but we believe is possible because of the one responsible for that thing happening.
I was listening to a podcast a couple weeks ago and the pastor was saying that on his very first mission trip to Cambodia, he had the honor of speaking to hundreds of orphaned children in a “jungle church” about the love of God. He preached for an hour to these growing adolescent children who had been orphaned by genocide ten or twelve years prior, most of them were under the age of five at the time of the war. After his sermon, a 13 year old girl came up to him what he said is one of the most profound question of his entire ministry. In broken english, she asked “what is hope?”
I suppose that is about right. We can not believe for better if we don’t know that better is an option. God is graceful in that. He gives assurance the moment we, by faith, dare to hope for better.
Our assurance in God is founded on our belief that God is really there. That He exists. That He is for us. That He is who He says He is and His word is alive and active. In faith, God does all the heavy lifting. He is not offended by your need for Him to prove Himself to you, in fact, He is delighted to do so.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. Hebrew 6:19-20