Faith, Evidence and Hope
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
We hope for what we can’t see (what we don’t have). We don’t hope for what we have. Therefore, we also cannot have faith for what we can see or what we already have. Faith is only faith if it is the force that we are exercising by our words, and actions we are taking, while we are believing for something to be made real at some point in the immediate or later future. Faith is forward looking to a time and circumstances or things to come. So, we have hope and that hope is based on evidence that we can “see.” That is the evidence that is first and foremost the Word of God and particularly as that Word has been applied to our lives and begotten past experiences that we can point to as proof that the Word of God is real and powerful in our lives. Therefore we by faith live by the Word of God.
We all exercise our faith daily by the way we respond to the things that enter our lives moment by moment. Our response to the expected and the unexpected is particularly is a demonstration of the measure of our faith. That is our knowledge of the Word of God.
As you read this passage aloud today think on ways you can exercise your faith in the things that concern you today and how you are living by faith.
“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11