"But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life." -Hebrews 10:39
We are always tempted to try and measure our lives with our faith, or perhaps we don't realize that's what we are doing. The danger in measuring the earthly things we can see is missing out on the reality of things unseen. Faith cannot be founded on tangible things on earth. I can see Gods faithfulness in my life through people and events or situations, but my faith should never be chained to earthly things. The existence and health of my faith should never depend on what I can see and feel.
I've been learning this for months. Suddenly, when something unexpected or difficult happens in our life, where is our faith? God never changes. His character is without blemish. When tragedy strikes, or life gets tough, it will never change whether God is good, faithful or trustworthy. His character does not depend on the circumstances of our lives and neither should our faith.
Faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. It's believing in the God who holds all things together. Faith is not something that can be measured or compared to success on earth. It's foundation is set in the character of God, his kingdom and life eternal. And yet, God's goodness is evident in our lives, his faithful love consumes us.
If you can trust to know that God is who he says that he is, you can trust that your faith, though may be weak, will never fade or be destroyed. Its remembering this when death is staring you in the face, when your heart is broken or when fear is choking you. The beautiful truth is that even though your heart and flesh may fail you, he is your faithful strength. It's time to trust, wait and pray.