“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11.1
Someone may ask, “What is faith anyway?” The writer of Hebrews says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for … ” What in the world does THAT mean? One translation reads: “faith is the assurance of things hoped for … ” Whether you like substance or assurance, faith is something that is quantifiable. When you get on one of the modern day scales to check your weight, it can tell you not only how much you weight but also what your body mass index is. How does it measure that? I don’t know but even though I can see my body mass index, I can know what it is because of what the scale registers. That is a very shallow illustration but I think you get the point. Substance means a support that is under faith. Faith rests on it. Hoped for carries the idea expectation. So faith rests on the expectation that what is to come is actually going to happen.
Faith is also “… the evidence (proof) of things not seen.” Just because I cannot see how something will turn out does not shake my faith in the God who promised that He would somehow handle it. The only “proof” that you and I need is God’s promise. In v. 2 we read, “For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report.” When someone gives you a report of some event or happening, you take what they say by faith. There is no other way to verify it.
Let me encourage you today to exercise your faith in the God is who the author of faith, and believe that what He has promised, He will do. Life is too short to spend it worrying about things we do not and cannot control. The thing God wants us to do is to realize that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” and He will finish what He starts. Just my thoughts …