|What Is Faith?—Steve Nelson|
(From the October 2005 edition of HopeSpeak)
What is faith? God’s Word tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1-3)
For one who is going through the trauma of abuse, faith is the only thing you have to hold on to. Faith that “this, too, shall pass.” Perhaps right now you are wondering to yourself, can I really get through this? Will the pain, memories, heartache and devastation ever go away? Can I ever know peace and happiness again? Can I trust a God whose character has been so badly distorted that I’m not sure I will ever know His voice again?
These questions are difficult to face but, without an answer, life is meaningless and without hope. I’m glad I can tell you with confidence that, even though you cannot see through the darkness that surrounds you, there is hope. The God whom you think has betrayed you, “loves you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3) You may be wondering, how can you say that, you don’t even know me? It’s because I’ve been where you are and I’ve shared your heartfelt cry and desperation.
I want to share with you a few simple steps you can take in order to rebuild your faith. Faith in the fact that you are of ultimate value and truly loved. Faith that God can be trusted and will bring you through this difficult time.
1) Pray—You may be wondering, how can I pray when I’m not sure He hears me, or that I even care what He says? This is the first step in faith. Take a moment and think of how you used to think about God before this terrible abuse happened. You trusted Him and knew He loved you. Well, He still does. God hasn’t changed. It’s difficult when someone you trusted, someone you thought was like Him, hurts you. But it was not God who hurt you. I promise you this, if you will take a few moments each day to tell God of your hurt, sorrow and pain, He will meet you with open arms and restore what you’ve lost.
2) Read—Take time to fill your mind with the Word. His Spirit will breathe new life into your soul, even if you can only spend a couple of minutes at first. This is the best way to begin hearing His voice clearly again.
3) Rest—As you take time to seek Him, He promises to give you rest. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:27-29) I’m not promising you an easy way or a quick fix, but I’m pointing you to “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
At The Hope of Survivors, it is our mission to inspire you with faith
in the One who gives you hope and the One who will restore what you’ve
lost. It is because He has done it for us that will do it for you!