Updated: Feb 28
SOUNDS LIKE: Em-oo-naw
STRONG'S LEXICON: 530 NOUN | FEMININE
DEFINITION: literally firmness; figuratively security; morally fidelity:--faith(-ful, -ly, -ness, (man)), set office, stability, steady, truly, truth, verily.
The Hebrew word for faith is "Amunah" (אֱמוּנָה). It means to be secure, solidly fixed in place, to stand firm in the sense of support, and not subject to change or revision.
Throughout my life, Yahuah has created many experiences that have grown my mustard seed of faith, through the trials and harsh realities of my husband's battle with kidney disease to being a mom and caring for very rambunxious children. I am taught to trust Him and His plan at each step, even when I can't see past my nose.
When I first started studying the word faith, I had to examine the Hebraic culture and language to gain the proper perspective about what the word truly meant. Coming from Christianity, I was taught it is "the substance of things not seen but hope for..." Although true, the context is different in the Hebraic culture.
For starters, can you draw a picture of faith? From a western mindset, you probably answered, "no." However, from an eastern, Hebraic perspective, you may find it hard to believe, but you can draw a picture of faith. Every letter in the Hebrew language has a picture associated with it.
A - aleph ( ): Strong leader
M - mem ( ): Chaos
U - uau ( ): Secure
N - nun ( ): Seed/Inheritance
A - aleph ( ): Strong Leader
H - ha ( ): Revelation
As you can see, right in the middle of the word "amunah" is the "uau," represented by the tent peg. For the Hebrews, the tent peg was everything. Without it, they wouldn't have a place to live or a cover for their family.
In biblical days, Hebrews lived in a tent (Sukkot) which sheltered them from the elements, wild animals, etc. On each corner of their tent, they would fasten it to the ground with one nail. They had to place their faith in that ONE nail on each tent corner. They had to believe it would secure and keep it in place. Not nine nails, not five, not two, only ONE. Are you placing many tent pegs in your situation, or are you trusting in SabaYahuah Aluah - Adoni Yahusha to supply all your needs?
I've learned that having faith doesn't mean getting what you want when you want it. But it is about trusting Yahuah's will for your life even when the result of it seems harmful to you. We have minuscule perspectives of our life. We tend to think very selfishly. Yahuah, on the other hand, created you for a purpose, and it ultimately will bring all the kabode (glory) to Him. He allows you to experience that which may be hard to get a certain level of callousness to your life in that area so that you can withstand and endure when similar situations arise. Now, this doesn't mean creating a hardened heart. Stay open to receiving, and you will grow. In addition, it gives you the knowledge and the aptitude to help others going through or will go through what you've experienced.
Endure to the end. Allow Yahuah to grow your mustard seed of faith.