At first, all I had for Unshakeable Faith was an image of a flame. So, I painted a flame and added the word faith in it. Then I wrote with a couple different sharpie markers a few verses behind the fire that the Lord gave me from Hebrews 12:1-2:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This piece was special because of how the verses tied in with the image. Hebrews 12:1-2 talks about running the race and fixing our eyes on Jesus. A neat thing happened when I was writing the part about looking to Jesus, “the author and perfecter of our faith.” The word “our” ended beside the word “Faith” in the flame. I didn’t even have to write faith, because it was already painted in the flame!
God also reminded me that for many of us, our faith has been tested in the fire. Through trials and tribulations our faith has felt the heat. But instead of our faith being destroyed, it’s actually been purified. We are being refined and strengthened. After I completed the painting, I read the last verse from Hebrews 12, which confirmed the painting of a flame even more: “for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). I thought that was really awesome. I love when God does that!
According to 1 Corinthians, faith is one of the three things that will remain when this world is gone. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love…” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Faith is vital in our relationship with God, because “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Personally, I want to please God. I want to have faith and believe Him at His word no matter what happens in my life. I pray that God will give me faith and help me when I doubt. I long for faith that will not be shaken!
Speaking of shaken, towards the end of Hebrews 12, verses 26-27, talk about the heavens and the earth being shaken. Today we are in the end times. Looking around you can see it: nations fighting against nations, famine, disease, heartache, rebellion against parents, natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes. Yet even though the world is shaking around us, our faith remains unshakeable, because Jesus is unshakeable. As we trust in the Unshakeable One, we are not shaken!
“Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken- that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'” (Hebrews 12:26-29)