• Karissa

Warm Fuzzies { Hebrews 11 }

Life is tough. For you, for me, for Kate Middleton, for everybody! For me, it is easy to fall into the thinking that God is there to give me warm fuzzy feelings when I need Him, and that is how I know He is really there in my hard times.

The other night I found myself praying “God, are you listening? I can’t feel you.”

I could not feel his presence. I could not hear his voice. Does that mean there isn’t a God?

How much do we hear “do what feels right”, or “do what makes you happy”. Heck, a quick google search of one of the most watched to preachers in the world brings up sermon and book titles like “Shine Brightly”, “Everyday a Friday”, and other feel-good titles.

So what happens when there is no warm fuzzy, or life does not feel like Friday? What are we supposed to do with God then? Hebrews 11 focuses solely on faith. We read that Moses, Abraham, Gideon, and tons more of these old testament characters had something in common: their faith.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

This chapter consists entirely of people living out their faith, and God using them mightily through that. They were assured of the hope God put in them, even when it was invisible, or they didn’t feel it. But the last verse in the chapter gets my attention.

And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40

You see, these people all had astounding faith. Far greater than mine. Yet they only got small glimpses into what God was doing and his great promises. Friend, the best is yet to come. Our hope and faith is not in this world, it is in the things unseen. So we can stop chasing the warm fuzzies, the feel goods. We know that faith is hard, and about so much more than being happy. Because who wants just happy when we can have eternity?