“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
What is faith? If we were to do a “man on the street” interview video, we’d probably get hundreds of different answers. This one verse definition of faith leaves much to the imagination. What does it mean when the author says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for?” Hopes are immaterial. They haven’t happened yet. Or more interesting is the phrase “the evidence of things not seen.” Try using faith to testify in a court of law. Most judges won’t accept your faith as evidence either for or against the accused. After discussion with a few friends and relatives, our definition of faith is trusting in God to do right even when things seem to be going wrong. Faith stands in opposition to our material world that demands evidentiary proof before it will take action on anything. Throughout the rest of this chapter, those who heard God’s call and acted on faith, not waiting for evidence, not waiting for hard facts to prove them right, were honored and are still honored today.
How much evidence do you need to believe that God’s speaking to you? Do you need a sign or wonder? Are you the kind of person who needs to lay out a fleece (Judges 6) or can you trust God right away when you sense His calling on your life? Respond in faith when God calls, let His words be the substance you need, accept His call as the evidence you need to commit your life to His way.
Lord, help me to know when You’re speaking to me and then give me the faith to respond in obedience. Let me life show others the evidence of Your love and guidance.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.