Looking To Faith

Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2 – “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus…”

One of the most iconic symbols of the Unites States of America is the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Interestingly, it is noted for the crack which appeared shortly after its arrival in Philadelphia in 1752 from London.

This crack was repaired by a couple of local foundry men and things were fine for a time. In 1835 the crack reappeared. It has never been repaired. That crack has become a part of the bells character. Actually it is emblematic of our country itself which is not perfect.

That pretty well describes you and me as well. But rather than imply that we are cracked or flawed, I will say that we are all scarred. Most of us have one or two scars that remind us of some stupid thing that we have done. But not all the scars are physical, many of them are emotional. What do we do with them?

First of all, remember the peace of Christ. There are numerous occasions in which Jesus mentions His peace. Jesus knew that His disciples would be under constant scrutiny and danger.

There is always someone lurking just around the corner looking to land a blow to your faith. But the resurrection of Jesus Christ promises that the enemy does not have the last word.

Secondly, remember the continual presence of Jesus. When doubt and fear sneak into our lives, we need to remember the witness of the Spirit. It’s the Holy Spirit that enables us to demonstrate the character of Christ.

Let us also remember that our faith is not an idea or a principle, but rather it is in the person of Jesus Christ. Our faith does not subscribe to the old adage, “seeing is believing.”

Our sense of peace does not depend upon circumstances, but on the person of Jesus Christ.

 Song: Faith is the Victory

 Father God, thank you for gifts that you give to us in abundance. Especially thank you for the peace that we are blessed with. All praise and glory be to your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dennis Russell, Santa Maria, CA