Faith. Hope. Love. And the greatest of these is love. This is found in 1 Corinthians 13, where we read about abiding in these things…remaining in them.
Dictionary.com (which, along with Google and Bing, is one of my trusty go-to sites), defines these words (in part) as this:
Faith (a noun): belief that is not based on proof
Hope (in this case, a verb): to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire, or trust
Love (in this case, a noun): a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
These days I’ve been thinking a lot about these words. In the midst of my funk, I have sought to abide, or remain, in these things. It’s not easy! These are not tangible things I can pull off a shelf and wrap around my shoulders. As I wrote yesterday about needing to be renewed in my mind…these are things that are needed in order to over-take the doubts and discouragements and lies that are so easily found there. These are the things in which I need to remain…in my mind as well as in the core of my very being! If I have these three things ruling my thoughts, I shouldn’t be in a funk.
I think Paul had a slightly “bigger picture” in mind when he wrote these words in Corinthians…in my finite/limited knowledge of theology…
FAITH enables me to receive salvation from the Father, HOPE enables me to expect a future–eternity with Him; and by LOVE I am His image and an extension of Him here on earth. The greatest of these is love? Because LOVE carries into eternity (where faith and hope will no longer be necessary).
But I think it also applies to a season of “funkdum”…
Faith…is believing God is walking this path with me though I cannot see Him; Hope…is knowing that my future will not always be slimed by “funk”, but that Jeremiah 29:11 speaks of plans of prosper and not harm, for hope and a future; and Love…is knowing that just as I am created to show God’s love to others, others have also been created to show His love to me. And therein lies the tangible means of defeating funk.
Thank you, Father, for walking with me even if I can’t see you, for plans to prosper me and not harm me, and especially for those people you have put in my life to show YOUR love for me.