In the middle of a winter, when the temperatures tease ground zero and the wind escorts you below; when the hibernation of the sun and the over activity of the rain seems to dampen hearts; when there are no birds chirping, flowers blooming, or children “slip-n-sliding,” what keeps you going? What keeps you from just throwing up your hands in defeat and resorting to just lying around the house eating ice cream and watching reruns of Bonanza? Isn’t it the intrinsic hope that spring is just around the corner? That at the end of this long, cold, dark tunnel the sun will forcefully and with conviction grab the groundhog’s shadow and throw it to the ground? Isn’t that the hope?
Faith… Hebrews 11 defines it as "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." It moves the Christian forward even in the face of economic recession, war and corruption in Washington and on Wall Street. The Christian advances even when confronted with the prosperity of the wicked and the persecution of the righteous. Habakkuk 2:4 says that "the righteous shall live by his faith." That profound statement wasn't made on a beach or on a ski boat; it wasn't made from a vacation home in Cancun. It was made in a setting of violence, destruction and imminent oppression. You see, the Christian continues to trust his God and that He is sovereign over all things, even "when eyes don't see."
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