I have always loved this verse from Hebrews, but never read it in the KJV before. I have an NIV Bible and I do love it, but there are times when it just doesn’t do a particular verse the poetic justice it deserves! This is one of those cases. I read the book Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose last week. She quoted Hebrews 11:1 in the KJV and I was blown away! Why had I never read it like that before? Maybe I had, but it just didn’t have the effect it does now. That happens to me a lot. I will have read certain verses or passages many times in the past – but one day I’ll read it again and God will just open my eyes in a brand new way. It’s marvelous when that happens!
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for…” I love that – the substance of things hoped for. Webster defines substance as being “a fundamental or characteristic part or quality” of something. Therefore – faith is fundamental to hope. Without faith there cannot be hope. Hope cannot exist on its own. In order to have hope you must have belief and trust in Jesus Christ.
Faith is “the evidence of things not seen.” I love this too! How can there be evidence of something that is not seen? The evidence is internal usually. It is the work accomplished in your heart and soul. It is the strengthening of faith and the building of your hope and faith. Faith is the very thing that gets us through difficult circumstances because it is our lifeline. Because of faith we know there is a God and that He loves us. We know that His word is true and He is faithful to keep all His promises. Therefore, we know that He will never leave us or forsake us and we have the evidence of that truth in our faith and the joy and peace that faith manifests in our hearts.
Faith is the basis for everything we do. (At least it should be) Faith should be our foundation as Christians. Without it we crumble and fall. With our firm foundation of faith in Christ we possess the power of hope in things not seen. When I am in pain or feeling grief I cannot see God. But, He is there and I know that because His word tells me so. Then I choose to trust and praise Him in my hurts. That is evidence of things not seen.
Is there something in your life that you need to surrender to your faith in Christ? I encourage you to look at your situation with new eyes. Look at it through the eyes of faith and hope – you will see more of God than you ever imagined and He will bless you with the strength to carry on one day at a time.