Faith. Believing, trusting that something is so, even when you cannot see it. Faith does not make something so–it doesn’t matter how hard I believe that fence is not electric, if it is, it will still shock me when I touch it.
God is true, whether or not anyone believes, and He does what He says He will. Hence the famous “Faith Chapter” of Hebrews 11, a record of people who took God at His word, even when the circumstances made it look impossibly unfullfillable.
One of the most precious promises I have is found in Philippians 1:6.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Along the same lines is covered in 2 Timothy 1:12.
“…I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
There is a finishing point of changing to be Christlike, to be without sin.
I have believed God’s word about His Son’s complete, final taking on sin and its death for me. I have accepted His gift of forgiveness. I have been cleansed and bought with Jesus Christ’s blood. My soul is in His keeping. God has promised He will not give up His work of transforming me.
Some days I still get mired up in sin and wonder how this could be. Why the sin? Why the sin? And discouragement sinks in. Those are the days I need to remember that, even though I cannot see it, He will finish His work of transformation. I need to have faith that even if I can’t see it, He’s working. I can call on Him to keep His promise.