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“I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know Who holds the future.”

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These are the words of Ralph Abernathy, a close friend and mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These two men worked tirelessly together to end segregation and attain justice for Black Americans. Though dedicated to the philosophy of nonviolence, these two Baptist preachers survived numerous beatings, arrests, and jail time for their activism. Both of their homes were bombed, their families put at risk.

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Yet they had faith.

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At the beginning of what is often called the Faith Chapter, the writer of Hebrews reminds us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1, ESV). The chapter lists many Old Testament heroes—from Abel to Abraham, Sarah to Rahab — who were obedient to God’s calling on their lives, even though many of them “did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance” (Heb. 11:13).

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Living with faith means being obedient, with the assurance that, though we may not see the promises of God fulfilled here on earth, what He says is true, and though we may not fully understand His will for our lives or His timing, we can trust Him.

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In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12).

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Sometimes it’s difficult to understand why God puts us in a certain job, brings certain people into our lives or places us in a specific community. But we are simply called to obey. We are called to love people, share the Gospel, do justice, walk humbly. We may never see the fruit of our labors, but we can walk with confidence that, ultimately, God’s plans will be accomplished.

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Abernathy and King saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, followed by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. They knew there was still much work to be done, but King was assassinated in 1968. Abernathy carried on the work of bringing justice to migrant workers, Native Americans, Hispanics, and the poor across racial lines until his death in 1990.

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Living with faith is living in obedience, knowing that through serving others, we are ultimately serving God (1 Peter 1:12). Like the heroes listed in the Faith Chapter, we can be confident that, someday together with all the saints, we will be made perfect (Heb. 11:40). This is why we can say with conviction, “For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

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If you’d like to learn more about living with faith, take some time to read a few of the stories listed here. Many are written by people like you, who are learning to “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

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