Has something happened to cause you grief or unhappiness? Meet it with faith—the faith that God is with you, the faith that God is present in everyone and in every situation. Meet it with the faith that God can be trusted to bless and to make all things right.
Meet it with faith! As you look past what seems to be and hold to the truth that nothing can separate you from God's love, that nothing is greater than God's power in you, your cares slip away and the joy of Spirit rises up in you.
The often surprising result of holding to faith is the great welling up of faith that you feel within. When you take your stand and declare, I have faith in God as the one Presence and the one Power, there is an answering response within you. It is as though God says: “I am here. I am your life. I am your all.” You feel a new faith, stronger and more certain than any you have known before.
Do you ever find yourself wondering how you are going to meet a difficult situation? Meet such thoughts with faith. Stand up to your doubts and fears. Who is your source of justice? Who is the supplier of every needed blessing? God. And where is God? Right within you, the source of order, wisdom, and justice.
The faith you have in the invisible but all-providing spirit of God will bring forth results in outer ways that will sometimes be astonishing. You can prove God as you meet every situation with faith—faith that is strong and unwavering, faith which sets God's wonderful spirit to work in and through you.
How do you meet disappointment? If you have met it with tears or angry protests against the unfairness of people or situations, you know how unrewarding this way has been; you know how it only adds frustration to frustration. To meet disappointment with faith is to lift up your thoughts to God and say: There is no disappointment. There is only God, only good. I see God in myself; I see God's goodness in everyone and everything. I know that all things are working together for good.
How can there be unhappiness or disappointment when we know that God is at work? Any one of us can look back and recall how something that seemed a great disappointment at the time turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We can see now that only our lack of understanding and spiritual vision at the time kept us from beholding God's good plan at work for us.
Even when it seems that we are misunderstood, unfairly treated, or unjustly condemned, let us not believe in the appearances. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21). Do you remember what Joseph said to his brothers? “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good” (Gen. 50:20). In every circumstance and situation, have faith that God means it for good. Have faith in God's power, love, and justice. Do not believe that you or anyone else can be separated from God's loving care or that God's law of justice can be overthrown.
Negation has no power. It can have no power over you and no place in your heart or thoughts or life as you meet all things with faith in God. Have faith in God's power, faith in the sure outworking of divine good.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.… By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible” (Heb. 11:1, 3).
Whatever happens in life, meet it with faith!