Reading: Hebrews 11: 1-3
Anselm, a Benedictine monk, once said, “I believe in order that I may understand”. This seems so backwards in the world of logic. But in the world of faith it makes perfect sense. God acts and is present in so many amazing ways. We cannot deny this because of our own personal experience. Yet we cannot always understand how or why. A part of faith is always mystery. Our faith is something we cannot prove scientifically, but one cannot deny that God exists. We live with a conviction that God is all around us.
At times we have personal experiences with God’s presence. These moments of divine presence in our own lives brings assurance to our belief. In the Bible we find many accounts of God’s interaction with humanity. In our lives we continue to hear and read testimonies of people who experienced God in their lives. All of this builds our assurance and then our belief.
Our faith rests upon who God is. Throughout the pages of scripture, in the lives and witness of all the saints who have gone before, and in our own lives we see a God who is always present, is always faithful, and is always just. God does not slumber or sleep. God does not go on vacation. No matter when we call or where we are at, when we seek God or call on God’s presence, God is right there. The promises God made to Adam, Abraham, Moses, … remain true to this day. Because of who God is, we rest assured in our faith. For this we say thanks be to God.