|Posted by kelvinbueckert on January 13, 2019 at 10:10 AM|
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 (Kings James Version)
Terms such as hopes and dreams are somewhat ethereal, aren’t they? Celestial, heavenly, spiritual, unworldly, lacking material substance, intangible. These are other words used to define what is ethereal. Certainly that which is “faith” comes into the category of the supernatural, that which is hard to put one’s finger on.
Yet in the Bible we have Paul, clearly under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, describing our hope as something with substance. This is also described as faith….a word which depends on the reality of things unseen. The unseen hand of God, for thousands of years was the guide to multitudes of people. Then He became flesh in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, confirming all that Jews for centuries had believed about God. Faith had substance after all!
The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “Now Faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as a real fact what is not revealed to the senses]”.
What is it that determines where we place our dearest hopes? It is being sure of what we hope for, isn’t it? The convictions of our faith determine what we think and how we act. The assurance of our belief in God directs our feelings into positive channels, making relationships here on earth sweeter and stronger because our relationship with our heavenly Father is the model of all we treasure in our hearts.
We are in a covenant relationship with a God whom we cannot see, but whom we trust because we hold His Holy Word in our hands. The Holy Spirit, living in our hearts, interprets that Word for us, opening our eyes to heavenly realities that actually make a difference to life here on earth. Consider turning the other cheek. That is one reality of faith. Consider doing unto others what you would like them to do to you. Consider forgiving others because God will, in the same way, forgive you. Consider dying to self in order to do the will of God.
This gives substance to hope, does it not? Others will see our hope put into action and will know our God is the LORD. Paul records a host of folks who “by faith” witness to the reality of God to our world centuries after they died. Read Hebrews 11.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).