For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. (I John 5:4)
Faith is not hoping for the best, but KNOWING that God will give His best.
There is a je ne sais quoi to faith. Either you have it or don't. No in between.
Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to.
Read Hebrews 10:26-12:2 and you will be able to understand what faith is and "by faith" how you can move mountains. On the contrary, read a self-help book and this society tells us to believe in ourselves--it's that simple? right... That we, humans, are equipped with the proverbial strength and omniscient intellect needed because "there's an app for that."
I'm noticing how we are becoming forever dependent on technology and science to answer our deepest questions, when in reality "science" is defined by Wikipedia "in this modern sense [as] a systematic enterprise of gathering knowledge about the world and organizing and condensing that knowledge into testable laws and theories." If that's not funny, idk what is! Galatians 3:24-25 says "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor." **Firing my science tutor**
When I think about third world countries like Haiti, Somalia, or Tanzania, thoughts of richness come to mind. The people in these countries know what faith is and are due much admiration. They are not tainted by the suicidal thoughts of chasing the American Dream or taunted by the deathly desires of material things. Because of this, their spiritual eyes are strong--"for we walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
I challenge you (and myself) to have faith like the prophets: being fervent in prayer knowing that God is fully aware and in control! Maybe we all need to consider a new approach to overcoming big life decisions. For the next month let us rejoice in not knowing the answer to everything. Less stress for you and more room for God to show up BIG!