Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen” Hebrews 11:1
There is a village near by Paramos called Los Corrales occupied by primarily Mayan people who farm for a living. We took a short term team here a couple of weeks ago to deliver food, water filters, and do some house visits. It was here I saw some deep rooted faith in the Lord that ministered to my heart.
Los Corrales was effected by the massive volcano eruption that happened the beginning of June. Due to its proximity to the volcano, the amount of ash that fell in this area destroyed a lot of the crops. These are family’s that don’t have a lot of money by any means and everything they have is placed into these crops to create a livelihood for their families. Depending on the amount lost could put these families in serious danger of having no food and no money.
The house I was able to visit lost 30% to 50% of their crop, they were still the process of investigating just how much they lost. They welcomed us into their home with open arms and we stayed for a little over two hours. The family did seem sad about losing the crop but the confidence they had that God was taking care of them was beautiful. There wasn’t an ounce of hopelessness in their voice as we talked about what exactly happened and what they can do from here. The husband kept saying that God is good and we will not starve. He trusts that God is going to provide even though what he sees doesn’t look good, even though he doesn’t have the answers, even though his plan to provide is ruined, even though he doesn’t see how God is going to come through he has faith that God is. Then they sent us away with two huge bags of corn from what’s left of their crop. I’m going to type that again incase you missed it, they sent us away with two huge bags of corn! They are in the midst of finding out they might not have enough food to survive but they gladly give us two huge bags of corn!
I have run into people in my own life that when things don’t go their way even minor things or long sought after plans suddenly unravel, they have a faith crises. They wonder if God really is good. Does God really love the way He says He does? Is He a God that comes through? These may be valid questions to ask but when the heart of God has been revealed to you, when you have had that close relationship with the Lord you can say with confidence, yes. This family I met can confidently say the Lord is gracious and compassionate slow to anger and abounding in love even when the circumstances of what their experiencing could lead them to say otherwise because they know the heart of the Lord and believe Him when He says He is for them and not against them. Their lives reflect that belief. That to me is real faith.
I believe the Lord is sovereign over our experiences. So now I ask, can I look at something that has death written all over it, proclaim that God is good and really truly trust Him that it’s life I’m seeing not death? Can I generously and unreservedly hand over more of myself or more of what I have when what I have is clearly not enough but trust God for the extra?
That’s faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.