Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Faith can see past my present circumstances and be led by the truth of what God said. Like His first words at the dawn of creation, God’s words of promise are equally powerful and creative. Faith lives in the vision of the promise until it is fully manifest—a simple thing to say but sometimes a more difficult thing to live.
Chapter 11 in the book of Hebrews is a remarkable account of the faith-filled. These are the men and women who both inspire us and remind us to endure in our faith. They held onto the promise of God when it was not visible in their circumstances—and in the face of opposition to the very promise they were given. Honest, vulnerable and fallible, they persevered in their relationship with the God of the promise.
I think the loudest testimonies for me come from those who messed up along the way. Ones like Abraham and Sarah, who faltered in their faith and relied on their own means to fulfill the promise. The story of their mistake is a lesson for us all, but the greater testimony is in the fact that God didn’t give up or retract the promise. God reminded Abraham of His Word, His intension to fulfill it, and opened the way for Abraham to refocus his faith.
God doesn’t give up when we falter in our faith. He invites us to remember, refocus and “see” again. Our ability to endure comes from resting on God’s nature, His character and in His love. These have the power to sustain us—and to transform us. Abraham was so transformed by his relationship with God that he was willing to sacrifice Isaac, “concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead” (Hebrews 11:19).
Our faith rests in the One who was raised from the dead. As we are able to see Jesus with the eyes of our heart, we are transformed and faith-filled. We learn to live in His promises because we have an increasing revelation of who He is. As we wait on Him, then He will lift us up and give us the needed strength to continue on until fulfillment.