If someone asked you to describe what faith means, what would you say?
The writer of this book is very sure about what faith is. He says it is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (v. 1) Sometimes people want to see signs and wonders and know for an absolute fact that God exists, that Jesus died for us, and that everything is going to be alright in the end. But that’s not what faith is about. If we knew the answers and the facts, then it wouldn’t be faith would it? And we wouldn’t have the choice of whether to enter into relationship with God, and we’d just love him because we had to, and then it wouldn’t be love but slavery and that’s not a good thing.
I’ve never met anyone who has physically seen God. But I have met people who have had lives totally transformed by him. The thing is, when we hope in God and put our faith in him, we are not always going to see the results of that faith. We don’t always know what then end result is going to be. There are so many examples of people in the Bible who had faith that God would do something, but they didn’t know or understand what that really meant for them and their lives. Noah is just one example. God gave him some instructions to go and build an ark because that was the only way his family could be saved and he went and did it. He put his faith in God. And then it started to rain – but only after Noah had gone and done it. Abraham went and trusted God as he was called to leave the place he was and that God would give him as many descendants as grains of sand on the beach even though at that point he was getting on a bit and didn’t have any children.
It’s not always plain sailing to put our faith in God. Many of the people on this list made mistakes and doubted. We all have doubts sometimes. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be faith. Because faith is trusting in what we cannot see.
Lord God, thank you that you are always faithful and that you keep your promises. Help us to keep on trusting in you and all your goodness today. Amen.
Where is God calling you to put your faith in him today? Why not chat and pray about it with a friend?