Why Facing the Facts Begins with Faith

Hezekiah shows you how your faith has more facts behind it than you think.

Today you will be told to face the facts. Usually, that means bad news. You don’t have the money. The doctor’s report looks grim. Time is running out on your biological clock. Facing the facts is hard.

Why Facing the Facts Begins with Faith

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But think about it: facing the facts isn’t our problem. It’s that we fail to face all of the facts.

God has facts to factor into our thinking as well.

The World Only Gives Half the Facts

The godly King Hezekiah buckled with fear under the Assyrian threat. It’s no wonder. He had a hard situation:

Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem while he was besieging Lachish with all his forces with him, against Hezekiah king of Judah and against all Judah who were at Jerusalem, saying, “Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, ‘On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege?’”—2 Chronicles 32:9-10

What were the facts?

  • Assyria has never lost.
  • The gods of other nations haven’t saved them.
  • Hezekiah’s own city of Lachish would soon fall.

If these facts were all Hezekiah believed, fear would rule him. But he knew facing the facts also included faith.

The Other Half of the Facts 

Hezekiah knew that his greatest weapon (and place of security) was faith in the Lord’s promises. Hezekiah responded by getting the Prophet Isaiah—and praying with him. (How would you like Isaiah as a prayer partner?)

But King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed about this and cried out to heaven. —2 Chronicles 32:20

Their reaction teaches us a tremendous lesson. When the world besieges you on all sides with hard facts, remember your strength lies in the Lord God—not in the arm of flesh.

Praying God’s promises refocuses your mind on the other half of the facts—the facts that are eternal.

Facing the Facts with Faith

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Facing the Facts with Faith

The world, the devil, and your own sinful nature will always try to discourage you with the facts. But there are more facts they aren’t telling you.

In spite of whatever you’re facing today, this is also true:

  • God will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
  • God’s provision—or lack thereof—has your good in mind (Deuteronomy 8:3; Philippians 4:19).
  • You will not die until it is God’s time for you (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16).

These are facts too. They just require faith.

Like Hezekiah did, get with someone and pray God’s promises. Affirm what you know to be true—beyond the facts you see to the facts that are unseen.

Half the facts force us to trust God. The other half show us we can.

Question: What truths help you face the rest of the facts? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Breitnica Mascarenhas

    The first truth is that God loves me and He will never leave my side. Whatever He does He does it for my good. He lets me suffer only to make me more stronger. And it’s always said that when you suffer for right-doing then God surely glorifies you in the long run. I TRUST MY GOD. I love Him. My Faith will work…!!!

    • May the Lord bless you, Breitnica, as you follow Him. It’s a real challenge but it’s so worth it.

      • Breitnica Mascarenhas

        It is Wayne…it surely will be worth it.

  • Kathie Evenhouse

    I’ve been avoiding taking the next step due to fear–it takes so many forms. Talking about this a young man last night’s who sees the world’s facts, knows Bible Facts, but doesn’t “feel” presence of God or faith. Faith is a choice to believe God’s facts ahead of the world’s facts even when you don’t “feel” like they could be true.

    • You’re exactly right, Kathie. Faith puts its decisions ahead of the facts. You can trust Him, of course. Lean into what you know is right. Not easy, but essential. God bless.

  • Michelle thick

    The power of prayer. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2009. After surgery they retested and no cancer. I had a church community praying for me. They visited and prayed over my bed. I recovered and baffled all the nurses and drs. I never went to rehab either. I knew this was God because I thought that I would not live. My children will tell this story also. Good read. God Bless.

    • What a great testimony, Michelle. Wonderful! So glad you’ve enjoyed a taste of God’s glory this side of heaven.

  • Steve Cole

    I have been overwhelmed with fear lately, and receiving this email has brought the eternal facts back to me. I get so caught up in this world that I completely forget that this world is temporary and heaven is eternal. Thank you once again Wayne, for the Lord uses you to give me exactly what I need to bring Him back to me when I need Him most.

    • You’re welcome, Steve. The enemy knows where to strike, doesn’t he? We must trust the Lord, even when doing so makes no sense to us.