Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1
I think sometimes we memorize verses and can spout them off without pausing… but do we stop and think about what they mean? We should. Just because you have memorized 1,000 Bible verses and can say them by heart – well, that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily imbedded in your heart – see what I’m saying?
This is one of those verses that most church-going young children are taught to memorize – one of the first verses we are required to commit to memory. Hopefully, as it’s committed to memory, it’s also imbedded in the heart.
I’ve observed that frequently where we see the word FAITH – the word HOPE is not far away! Coincidence??? I think not.
The book of Hebrews is meant to show us how Christians should live. We should be radical in our belief, willing to take risks and love in a sacrificial manner. As we read on, our confidence in God’s promises should deepen and our hope remain steadfast in God alone.
There are two key words in this passage – (1) SUBSTANCE and (2) EVIDENCE. Only by faith are we able to see the invisible fingerprints of God on the things He has made… by that, I mean the beauty, order and awesome greatness in creation and in our daily life. These are the evidence that God is in control. Through faith we can clearly see God’s fingerprints everywhere!
Non-believers see but are blind to what they’re seeing – and they don’t see fingerprints – God’s or anyone else’s. Without FAITH, we can’t recognize the significance in a given situation. If true faith is on board and we are open to the leading of God’s precious Holy Spirit, we see and trust God for answers instead of calling the psychic hotline on TV.
We read God’s promises and have faith that God will walk with us today, of course. The comforting news; however, is that He will be there at the end of this life and the beginning of eternity. I love this poem by Lucinda:
We walk by faith – not by sight. When we cannot see physically, we understand by faith. It’s a spiritual act that sees the fingerprints of God. It’s not a matter of BELIEVING HARDER… that’s worldly thinking and known as wishful thinking – it goes in the file along with the tooth fairy, cupid, little green men and Santa Claus.
OK – I didn’t really want to go there… but I will. FAITH DOES NOT CREATE WHAT WE HOPE FOR! That’s stinkin’ thinkin’ and false teaching and preaching. That name it and claim it, God is a vending machine theology is so far off base. That is not to say we cannot CLAIM the promises of God – that is perfectly fine.
Faith is a SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION of God’s promises. What promises, you ask? I’m so glad you asked!
There are SO many promises from our loving Heavenly Father are just waiting for you. Read through these verses and pray. Prepare to be amazed at how God will work in your life. He’s faithful when we exercise our faith. It’s true! 🙂