faith is such an interesting thing to me. the more i study and think about it the more i see it as the determining line of just living and abundant life. it is the line that when you are on one side, you live without it, but when you step over, it is as if you were crossing into a new country. you are now walking in a place where no matter the circumstances, your joy is full and complete because Jesus came.
as i was reading “Practical Theology for Women” by Wendy Alsup, i gained yet even more insight on faith. which is two fold awesome. A. this year i wanted to focus on growing my faith…and let me tell you it continues to be tested. 2. it is just really kind of the Lord to even give such revelations. i know they aren’t my own case i have read these scriptures hundreds of times.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
so i have had verse one down. yeah i get that it is assurance of things i hope for. so that impacted my theological side. understanding that one day, the struggle will be worth it (Romans 8:18).
as i read this book alongside the bible, i realized that my faith still lacked because i had neglected the latter part of verse 6. He rewards those who seek Him. how i memorized it growing up with that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. i believed He is, that His blood covers me, but i was neglecting a very now and practical truth that He rewards me when i seek Him.
He Himself is the perfect gift! what a sweet story! i can find Him anywhere if i seek Him.
i feel like this is the game changer. no longer do i have to live in this “one day i will be rewarded” ho humm thought process but i can rejoice because He is currently a rewarder and a reward to me when i seek Him!