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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
— Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Recently, I used the guidance system in my car to travel to an unfamiliar location. As I drove through morning traffic, I wondered, What if I get there, and it’s not the right place? Should I have consulted a map? My only assurance was that the guidance system had successfully directed me to other places in the past.
I thought of a difficult family situation about which I had been praying. I had been tempted to quit praying about it until I realized that the promises of scripture were like my guidance system. God would guide me to a place where God’s promises would be fulfilled.
Jesus often talked to his disciples about faith, praising those who had confidence in him. He said, “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). Faith, according to Jesus, was a prerequisite to answered prayer.
Finally, the voice in my guidance system said, “You have arrived at your destination.” If I had given up on the system’s directions, I would not have found the place I was looking for. Likewise, if I give up on God’s promises, I may never see them fulfilled. Even as I was driving my car by faith, I saw that I had to live by faith in God’s promises.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room