Faith Is… – Week of February 4, 2019

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

Faith. A seemingly simple word, but as we all know it is not as simple as it seems. How would you define the word faith? Maybe the words “child-like faith” enter your mind. Webster’s dictionary defines faith as, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something without proof”. Is this definition similar to your definition? While this is certainly what many people mean when they speak of “faith”, let’s look at what the Bible teaches about faith.

Hebrews 11 is considered the greatest chapter in the Bible on faith. Therefore, it’s fitting that the author of Hebrews begins the chapter with a simple and concise description of faith. Hebrews 11:1 reads, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. As Christians faith is not a blind leap. Nor is it a feeling that everything will work out just fine. Faith is so much more! Faith is a certainty of all of God’s promises. We all have the solid confidence that Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and was raised on the third day. We were not eye witnesses to the crucifixion and resurrection, yet we trust that it happened, and the promise of forgiveness was fulfilled.

Faith also gives us the hope of things yet to come, meaning Jesus’ second coming and the fulfillment of God’s promises to us. The hope of life eternal in heaven is a sure thing! Faith allows us to hope with the sure confidence that Jesus is preparing a room in heaven for us and one day will come again to bring us to heaven.

Faith, a solid confidence in God’s past and present promises! When life gets heavy and worries begin to set-in, we have comfort knowing with all certainty that God is with us! We eagerly live a life rooted in faith and hope for all to see.

Faith is a living power from heaven that grasps the promise God has given.
A trust that cannot be overthrown, fixed heartily on Christ alone.”
Christian Worship 404:1

A Thought to Ponder: Let’s make it a goal this week to set aside 15 minutes to read Hebrews 11 and meditate more on the beautiful description of faith that this chapter gives.

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