"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." ~ Oswald Chambers~
What is it that persuades someone to hope beyond the evidence of their experience? When everything around you tells you that the world is nothing more than a place of cruel torments and that God, if He exists, loves to mock His creatures, what gives you the audacity to declare that God is good? Or that life's horrors are the path to glory?
Your shrink will tell you that it's insanity (what color would you like your straightjacket?). Your pastor will tell you that it's faith.
But don't worry, you're in good company.
- Noah, that old fool, was a-building a huge boat for probably upwards of a century on a land-locked bit of ground while raving about escaping judgement by means of this mercy of God.
- Joseph continued in patient and excellent service, on the hope of a dream (literally!), after being betrayed by his own brothers, sold as a slave, falsely accused by his master's wife, and forgotten in prison by those he had helped.
- Mary maintained that God was her good and merciful savior even after He exposed her to the dangerous accusation of "unwed mother". She even heard voices and saw things that no one else saw.
So get the straighjacket ready, if you like. I'll just go on singing.