My husband and I are reading Mark Buchanan’s Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of your Soul. Today we read about how Biblical faith, the kind that “is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), can only grow in winter. Only faith that has gone through the harsh, cold, windy and austere times and still believes is true faith. When one cannot see or feel God and yet knows He is there, that is when real faith has set up residence. Martin Luther said, “Faith, like light, should always be simple and unbending, while love, like warmth should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity of our brethren.”
Colossians 1:4 has Paul praising the people “because we have heard of [their] faith in Christ Jesus and of the love [they] have for all God’s people. A faith that was simple and unbending that gave them a love that beamed forth on every side, enabling them to meet the needs of all God’s people.
I wonder about the times in which Paul was writing. It was winter. Christians were being persecuted and they were a fledgling church with no mass communication system to keep them connected. Our forefathers’ faith was most certainly honed in winter. What a legacy they have left us!