Faith is what will guide you this year in learning to integrate the life of Christ into every aspect of your life and form virtuous habits.
Therefore, let us begin by pondering faith itself.
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.”
Faith is believing and trusting in what God has promised, even through we cannot see it.
If a total stranger promised to buy you an ice cream cone, would you believe him? You cannot see the ice cream cone, but he promised to buy you one. But since you do not know him, trusting that he will buy you one might be a little hard. On the other hand, if your best friend promised to buy you an ice cream cone, it would be much easier to believe them and trust that they would do it, because you know them. It is the same with God. When you come to know Him, you learn to trust by faith that what He has promised He will do.
Seeing the Invisible Activity:
A small balloon
A packet of yeast
One clean 16-ounce or smaller clear soda bottle
Blow up the balloon and let it deflate several times to give the balloon some stretch.
Fill the bottle with one inch of warm water.
Add the yeast and gently swirl for just a few seconds.
Add sugar and swirl again.
Stretch the neck of the balloon over the neck of the bottle.
Let sit for about 20 minutes.
When yeast dissolves, it changes the sugar and water into carbon dioxide gas. Since carbon dioxide takes up more space than both solids and liquids, the pressure in the bottle increases and forces the gas out of the bottle and into the balloon.
Although we cannot see the carbon dioxide gas, we know it is there because of the effect it had on the balloon. We know God in a similar way. We cannot see Him, but we know He is there and that He exists because of the effect He has on everything around us. Our hearts beat, our lungs fill with air, flowers bloom, the sun rises and sets, the stars shine in the heavens all because God is in heaven, keeping His entire Creation running in perfect order. Sometimes it may seem difficult to believe in something you cannot see, but we do not have to see to believe. God is always there. He never rests. He is always working. He is doing everything He can to save you. Trust Him and let Him guide you on this beautiful journey of the life in Christ!