Faith and hope are substantial anchors right now, anchoring us in the bedrock of everlasting refuge and truth while sounds of clanging cymbals swirl around attempting to move us into sinking sand.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
“The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of faithfulness [emunah] and without iniquity; just and right is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4
Faith in Hebrew is emunah. Emunah has a prosperous Hebraic meaning that may be helpful and enlightening for us in this season. As I have studied this, I have a newer perspective and fresh understanding of how to move forward and see God in this season.
Author Jeff Benner shares the depth and illustration of faith through this word. He writes:
“What does it mean to have ‘faith’ from an Hebraic perspective? In our western minds, faith is a mental exercise in knowing that someone or something exists or will act. For instance, if we say, ‘I have faith in God’ we are saying ‘I know that God exists and do what he says he will do’.
“The Hebrew word for faith is אמונה (emunah) and is an action-oriented word meaning ‘support’. This is important because the Western concept of faith places the action on the one you have faith in, such as ‘faith in God’. But, the Hebrew word אמונה places the action on the one who ‘supports God’. It is not a knowing that God will act, but rather I will do what I can to support God. This idea of support for the word emunah can be seen in Exodus 17:12.
‘But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady (emunah) until the going down of the sun.’”
Emunah has more goodness and authority associated with it: steadfastness, stability, firmness, truth, fidelity, and trust. And hope can be translated as chasah in Hebrew which means shelter, trust, and trust in for safety and for protection.
I’m confident that as we hear from God, support His work in hope, and become involved in love, we will build a place of refuge for others. They will hear safety and love calling to them. They will feel the security and justice of the rock below them. They will rest their head upon His chest and become activated in faith.
I pray that we experience the perfect work of God in our lives. That we support His work and know He is our hope and He provides safety, protection, and trust. I pray emunah and chasah over us.