Evidences of Faith
"When the day is dark and the way is obscure and we can still hold on, there is evidence that there is faith. When the sea of life is rough and we have the courage to step out boldly on the troubled waters, it is because there is still the divine gift at the very center of our being that is saying, 'Peace, be still,' for 'I am with thee and will not leave thee.' We have heard it. We can hear it always, if we will only take the time to listen."
"When doubts arise and the clouds of despair are thick, do we not call out in the night, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' Does not an answer come? Are we not stronger by having an experience that gives us a better understanding of our neighbor who suffers in the same manner?"
"Some years ago, I was with a party that was visiting a noted cavern. Everyone seemed very happy. After being in the cavern for a short time, I became very much frightened. The thought came to me, 'How terrible, how dreadful it would be, if we could not find our way out!' The very air seemed to press in upon me. Ages seemed to pass. Then came the Voice that has sustained me so often: 'Lî, I am with you always.' 'Bå not afraid.' With these words there came the strengthening of my faith."
"When loved ones are lingering in pain and no earthly help is nigh, are there not evidences of the faith of our fathers revived, when we pray and receive help? It brings the greatest comfort to us, not only in the trying times but at all times, to know inwardly that His promises are sure."
Reward of Faith
Our rewards are in proportion to the faith we exercise. "According to your faith be it with you." "Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." There is no limit to the reward. It is ours to measure, and ours to claim. "Prove me ... if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
Let us open ourselves as channels, and have complete faith in God, for the battle is the Lord's. It remains to be seen what we can do when we give ourselves unreservedly into the hands of the Father. "And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another comforter, even the Spirit of Truth, who will guide you into all Truth."
"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises ... And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."