For a long time I’ve been learning about faith. I’ve shared greatly about it here. (You can search for ‘faith’ to find more articles on faith.) The journey of learning about faith has been an eventful one, one where at times I cried out to God to make it stop and at other times it helped get me through difficult periods in my life. I’ve recently come to a point where I’ve discovered that faith, the kind of faith that Jesus commended people for in the Bible, leads to peace.
I love it when I read something in the Bible and experience it in my life or I experience something and find it’s truth in the Bible. In this case, I started to experience peace as a result of faith after having gone through some difficult times and I found the following passage in Paul’s letter to the Romans:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Roman 5:1-5.
I’m seeing the truth of this in my life. Now that I believe the bright future ahead of me I’m relaxed, knowing that it’s a done deal and it’s only a matter of time before I live in it. My circumstances haven’t changed but my perception has and that has made all the difference.
I was talking to a friend about how much peace I was experiencing in my life. She asked how that came about and I told her it happened when I started to truly believe God’s promises for my life and not doubt. Prior to that I thought I had faith but I was living in doubt without realising it. I started to explain to her my understanding of the connection between faith and peace and I found myself using an analogy I hadn’t thought of before.
I explained to her that it’s like giving in notice at work. You would have been dreading going to work. Wanting nothing but to leave. You just can’t take another day in that place. You hand in your notice and suddenly everything’s okay. You don’t hate going to work anymore. You feel good about life. You’re still at that job. Nothing has changed except how you feel about it. The knowledge that you’re leaving, that it’s a done deal, allows you to breathe easy. That’s the peace that comes from faith.
Hebrews 11 verse 1 aptly puts it this way: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Because I’m so sure of what I’m hoping for, even though there is no evidence of it, I am still assured that it is on its way. I’ve handed in my notice from life as it stands and now simply serving notice until the new life that awaits me comes my way. I hope you can allow yourself to believe despite what your circumstances say and find peace as a result.