Haggai 2:18-19 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Today you have completed the foundation for my temple, so listen to what your future will be like. Although you have not yet harvested any grain, grapes, figs, pomegranates,or olives, I will richly bless you in the days ahead.
To me, faith is celebrating what God is doing before the goodness is seen in the land. It is about knowing that goodness is coming, when there is yet no evidence. The rain hasn't come, the provision hasn't broken through, the relationship hasn't mended, the breakthrough is slow in coming. And yet... We have faith. We have faith because we have God's word in our heart that is living and active. We have faith because we know our God. We know He is good all the time. We know His heart, mercy, grace, and faithfulness. We have faith that the harvest is near.