Taking a Leap of Faith When You Don’t Believe 100 Percent
by Joanne Troppello
The life of a Christian is one of taking steps of faith from the very first step of accepting God’s gift of salvation through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ on the cross—to each day afterwards.
In my devotions the other day, I read through Hebrews chapter 11. In one of my Sunday School classes, my teacher called this chapter the “Hall of Faith” since it listed the faith that Abel had and others throughout the Bible like Abraham, Moses, and those in the New testament.
I focused more on the very first verse that reads: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” A simple sentence to read but not so simple to live out. Faith equals what we’re hoping for and is the evidence of what we don’t see yet. I have a New King James Bible that I have marked up with notes and highlighted sections. I love that Bible. It was given to me by my mom when I graduated from college years ago. This Bible is well-loved and it’s evident. I still read it and haven’t bought a new Bible because it’s so familiar and I love all the notes from the years I’ve had it.
My husband has a Nelson Study Bible, (NKJV). I love to read from my Bible and then read the commentary in his Bible for the verses I just read. I’ve read through Hebrews 11 many times. However, this time, verse one really hit me. I read it over several times then checked out the commentary from the study Bible. The commentary stated the following:
“This verse is not a definition of faith, but a description of what faith does. Substance means “essence” or “reality.” Faith treats things hoped for as reality. Evidence means “proof” or “conviction.” Faith itself proves that what is unseen is real, such as the believer’s rewards at the return of Christ. (See II Cor. 4:18)
Now, you may be wondering why I titled the article “Taking a Leap of Faith When You Don’t Believe 100 Percent,”—and I still call myself a Christian. Well, if you’re a Christian, you know that your faith goes up and down. Sometimes we believe more than others. God calls us to have the faith of a child and keep believing, even during the hard times.
However, that is not always easy. Speaking from experience, I have been a Christian for many years and have had both mountaintop and desert experiences.
Lately, I feel like my desert experience has gone on for years. Now, I’m not saying a desert experience in regard to my spiritual connection to God. I mean a desert experience due to our difficult circumstances and having had to wait years for answers to specific prayers and needs in our lives.
In Acts 16:16-40, Paul and Silas praised God while they were in jail. We need to praise God in both the good and bad times. It’s definitely difficult. I’m not going to sugar coat the life of faith. I guess that’s why Hebrews 13:15 calls it a “sacrifice of praise…” “let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.”
That’s where I’m at right now. I feel that God has been transforming my life through these desert experiences. Sure, I get tired of the waiting. Sometimes I get depressed when I focus on the circumstances and don’t keep my eyes on God. However, I need to take that leap of faith and trust that God is working everything out for my good. His ways are not my ways. His thoughts are higher than mine.
So, whatever you’re going through right now, I hope you can turn to God and lean on Him. He has a plan for your life and wants to walk with you through it all. Maybe you don’t believe in the Lord and you found this article and think it’s ridiculous to trust in a God who you cannot see. I can understand your hesitation.
I had those same hesitations before I got saved and gave my life to the Lord. If this is your first time reading an article in Pandora’s Box Gazette, don’t worry. We don’t get all preachy on you all the time. We reserve our devotionals for Sundays. However, I hope you can take something away from this article and my journey of faith. God wants to walk with you in this life. Search Him out. Seek Him and He will be found by you. Take that leap of faith and start your own journey today.
If you are on your own journey of faith with the Lord, how do you feel about taking a leap of faith when you don’t believe 100 percent? How do you feel about offering a sacrifice of praise when you certainly don’t feel like praying or praising God?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.