Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Nearly five years ago, my wife and I were shopping for a home. There’s no telling how many houses we visited before we made our choice. Now, what would have happened if our realtor told us he had a wonderful place for us, just what we were looking for, but we wouldn’t be permitted to see it until AFTER we bought it? Not only would we have refused his offer, but we would have told him to take a hike.
In fact, even before we finalized our deal we insisted upon a thorough inspection from a licensed professional home inspector. Just as we were cautiously moving forward, our lender was carefully vetting our credit worthiness. Both sides, lender and buyer were unwilling to enter into an agreement until TRUST was established.
Yet, the very act of becoming a Christian requires believing in someone you have not seen — to give you a home at an undetermined time — in a place you have not seen. How is that possible? How is it possible to gain the confidence, assurance, trust, and faith necessary to place the most precious thing you have — LIFE — in the hands of an invisible being?
Well, you can’t… unless God’s truth has been revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. Your confidence and assurance aren’t based on human understanding but on God’s revelation of Himself.
You’ve probably heard the term “buyer’s remorse,” even experienced it. That’s the sinking feeling you get when you drive your new car home from the dealership. “What have I done? What have I gotten myself into?” You lack confidence in your decision and have reservations about the assurances made by the salesman.
Yesterday, at a garden center, we met a woman who wanted our opinion on a fertilizer spreader. We had one just like it and gave our endorsement. Her reason for wanting the spreader was because she had a bad experience with the company that fertilized her lawn. She said they didn’t live up to their promises. And then she added, “It’s getting harder to trust people these days.”
All of us have had similar experiences that caused us to have trust issues. Who can you trust? Who is completely reliable?
Trust is solidified over time, through experience, and proven reliability. I have invested 46 years into my relationship with my wife. As a result, I am completely confident and fully assured she is worthy of my trust.
Christians who fail to strive to grow their relationship with God lack confidence and assurance necessary for unshakable faith. They haven’t built a strong foundation able to withstand life’s storms. They haven’t attained the upward goal of trusting God “no matter what.”
God initiates the relationship and makes Himself available to us for fellowship, learning, and growing in faith. But we must apply disciplined effort to know Him, learn His ways, and His expectations of us.
If you want the unwavering faith as described in Hebrews 11:1, confident in what you hope for and sure about what you can’t see, then commit yourself to spending more time with Him; in prayer, studying his word, and applying godly principles to your life.
Put your faith to work by taking Him at His word and resting on His promises. Not just the big stuff like heaven, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life. Trust Him for things big AND small. Be specific. Then you can say with all certainty, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Those words will no longer by a theory or a nice little saying — but reality backed by blessed assurance.
How important is this confident faith? The next verse tells us. “… without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith is not “I hope so,” or “I guess there is a God who will reward me.” We can only please God with “I- know- so” faith.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Great is Your Reward in Heaven
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.