“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23 NLT)
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. … By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. (Hebrews 11:1, 3 NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)
I’d like to share a little story with you that I got in a newsletter:
“Someone Who Understands”
Bob Weber, past president of Kiwanis International, told this story. He had spoken to a club in a small town and was spending the night with a farmer
on the outskirts of the community. He had just relaxed on the front porch when a newsboy delivered the evening paper. The boy noted the sign Puppies for Sale. The boy got off his bike and said to the farmer, “How much do you want for the pups, mister?”
“Twenty-five dollars, son.”
The boy’s face dropped. “Well, sir, could I at least see them anyway?”
The farmer whistled, and in a moment the mother dog came bounding around the corner of the house tagged by four of the cute puppies, wagging their tails and yipping happily. At last, another pup came straggling around the house, dragging one hind leg.
“What’s the matter with that puppy, mister?” the boy asked.
“Well, Son, that puppy is crippled. We took her to the vet and the doctor took an X ray. The pup doesn’t have a hip joint and that leg will never be
To the amazement of both men, the boy dropped the bike, reached for his collection bag and took out a fifty-cent piece. “Please, mister,” the boy
pleaded, “I want to buy that pup. I’ll pay you fifty cents every week
until the twenty-five dollars is paid. Honest I will, mister.”
The farmer replied, “But, Son, you don’t seem to understand. That pup will never, never be able to run or jump. That pup is going to be a cripple
forever. Why in the world would you want such a useless pup as that?”
The boy paused for a moment, then reached down and pulled up his pant leg, exposing that all too familiar iron brace and leather knee-strap holding a poor twisted leg. The boy answered, “Mister, that pup is going to need someone who understands him to help him in life!”
Hebrews 4:15 says “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.” In this life we need someone who understands, too. I am so thankful that I have that Someone in Jesus Christ! I know that no matter what is going on in my life or ever does He is here for me; and He understands. No matter what I may face, He has faced the same and more. How awesome it is to have a Savior that identifies so closely and personally with me! Aren’t you glad that He has “been there, done that” and did it all for you? Praise God I am!