Faith is the substance of the things we hope for. It’s the evidence or proof of the things we can’t see. Faith is the substance of our inner vision of a goal we seek to obtain based upon God and His Word.
Sharing the Same Vision
Sharing the substance of the things we hope for with someone else regarding our personal lives can be extremely difficult. Particularly if our faith is based upon a Word from God that is rarely seen in the world or considered impossible.
If I were to ask you to close your eyes and imagine an Alligator, most people would have no trouble doing so. Imagining an alligator is easy because most people know what an alligator looks like.
When God gives you visions of faith based on His Word, you may find that you are a castaway on Faith Island, living life alone and unable to sufficiently share what God has placed on the inside of you with others
But if I asked you to close your eyes and imagine an Olinguito, most people would struggle. Why? Because an Olinguito is a rare South American carnivore that most people have never seen.
Even if I described an Olinguito as a 2 pound, orange-brown animal with large eyes that looks like a Teddy Bear, your mind wouldn’t know how to construct an image of an Olinguito because we picture Teddy Bears as big fluffy animals, not as something that weighs only 2 pounds.
When God places you on Faith Island
When God gives you visions of faith based on His Word, you may find that you are a castaway on Faith Island, living life alone and unable to sufficiently share what God has placed on the inside of you with others.
Abraham and Sarah
When the Word of the Lord was delivered to Abraham in Genesis 18:10 regarding the son that he and his wife Sarah would have in 1 year’s time, Sarah (who was within earshot at the time) thought it was comical.
The bible says that she laughed because both she and Abraham were up in age. She and Abraham had never been able to have children so the idea that she would get pregnant and have a child now in her old age was ludicrous to her.
God has never said anything that has not or will not come to pass therefore in the face of human impossibility, Sarah bore Abraham a son just as the Lord had spoken.
Life on Faith Island
There have been many times in my life when I felt challenged by not being able to share the visions that God has given me on the inside. It wasn’t that those around me purposed in their hearts not to accept what I was attempting to share.
It was that it’s very difficult to share the substance of the things I hoped for with someone who had never seen what I was seeing on the inside. I suppose to an outsider, my goals and visions seemed just as ludicrous as the notion that Sarah would have a child in her old age.
I allowed my inability to share the substance of my faith to frustrate me. I even allowed myself to become disappointed in those closest to me when they didn’t seem to buy into what God was developing on the inside of me. I suppose I wasn’t willing to be a castaway and live life alone on Faith Island.
Don’t allow this to happen to you. In order to see the good things of God come to pass in your life you must be willing to live on Faith Island alone. You must be willing to come into agreement with God and the Word He has for your individual life whether others are willing or capable of traveling along your faith journey with you or not.
Be willing to live the Island life. Spend time with God on Faith Island and allow Him to develop your individual vision for your life. Enjoy fellowship with the Father along your journey of faith. Don’t be deterred by those who can’t see what you see right now.
It’s only a matter of time before the substance of the thing you hope for will be on full display for the world to see. As the scripture said in the face of Sarah’s laugh, “Is anything too hard for God?”