In a modern world full of such uncertainty, how do we maintain faith? It is so easy to live within your immediate circumstances, but eventually they become the circumference of your life, limiting your possibilities and potential. Faith is actually linked to God’s capability, and not our circumstances. The most foundational definition of faith in the Bible is found in Hebrews 11: 1 – 10
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…”
The author uses a reference to one of the senses of the human body through which we gain knowledge, the sense of sight. Evidence is tangible and is something we can know through our five senses. Hebrews describes faith as evidence of things not yet seen. Abraham, the father of faith, believed God. He set out from his homeland, not knowing where he was going, journeying to a country and a future he had never seen, under God’s instruction.
Genesis 15:6 (NLT) “And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith”
God responded to Abraham’s faith in his God-ordained future, and not his immediate needs or worries. Faith is the unquestioning confidence, the full persuasion, the unwavering trust that what God has said, He will do. Faith sees the promised blessings as if they were present possessions.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV) “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The kind of hearing described in this verse is not casual or passive. It means a hearing of the heart, as if you are hearing a truth deeply for the first time. There is so much to ‘hear’ in our lives – gossip, our own negative thoughts, the media. What are you allowing yourself to hear from the most in your life? The more you expose yourself to the Word of God, the stronger your faith will grow through encountering God’s very presence within the pages.