and certain of what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1, NIV
Suppose you were stopped and asked to respond to an opinion poll by completing the following: Faith is ______. How would you respond? From the many debates and perspectives swirling in our day, we would have to admit there is quite a gap between the use of the word “faith” in our culture and the meaning of faith provided in the Bible. So, what is it?
Let us begin our pursuit of a definition of what faith is not. Faith is not a feeling. Our emotions change with our circumstances, and no matter how strong the emotion substituted for faith may be, this feeling will fade when tested in life. Faith is not a formula. And, faith is not hype.
In Hebrews 11 we observe what real faith is. Faith is substance, not appearance. The substance of faith is God, Himself, and the evidence of faith is His Word. Therefore, faith pleases God. There is no way to please God apart from faith. Faith is our response to God as our Maker and Redeemer. Faith demonstrates our dependence upon God, our strength and our supply. As the Lord Jesus met a blind man on the way, He declared, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29) It is not our fame, our finances, our family, our friends, or our fate, but according to our faith. It is the measure of significance and influence of our lives. God looks for and longs to find such a people of faith.
QUESTION: Are you facing a challenge in your life where faith is needed? Can you think of a passage of scripture that might apply to that need if only you believe?