Faith & Life: Faith is the Evidence of Things Not Seen


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Faith is the Evidence of Things Not Seen

Inspired by the Hall of Faith Chapter in Hebrews 11

by J.M. Troppello


Having faith is not easy. If it was, then it wouldn’t be faith. It would be knowledge of what is or what is to come. You don’t have that knowledge. Neither do I. However, faith is something intangible, yet powerful. It can help get you over from the valley to experiencing victory on the mountain top. Faith can be your comfort and hope as you wait for answered prayer. It can enable you to keep stepping one foot in front of the other through all the adversities that come your way in life.


“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)

That is my favorite verse describing faith.


Faith is all about believing for something that is usually out of your reach, but not out of reach of Almighty God. I love how this verse says that faith is the evidence of things not seen.


Is your faith ‘evidence’ of what you do not see?


Let’s unpack that. What is evidence?


According to Dictionary.com, Evidence (as a noun) is “the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. As a verb it is defined as, “be or show evidence of.”


Is there an available body of facts or information backing up your faith in God?


Yes, this sounds simplistic, but for me, the evidence of my faith in God and His provision is as follows:


  • His Word – All of His Word is truth to guide me (II Timothy 3:16).

  • Provision – God has provided for so many needs in my life.

  • Peace – I have experienced God’s peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7).

  • Connection – I have a spiritual connection with God through the Holy Spirit.


Sure, those who don’t believe in God will likely say that those four things don’t prove anything to anyone. I agree, they don’t prove God’s existence or that you should have faith in Him.


However, they prove His existence and provision in my life—to me.


That’s all that matters in the end—whether or not I have a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe Him too. Each person needs to come to God on an individual basis.


I can’t convince you to follow God just because I’m following Him. However, my own faith in God is the ‘substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen’ in my own life—and in my own experience with God.


You need to find that evidence in your own relationship with God.


I would urge you to read through the entire chapter 11 in Hebrews. It goes through faith at the beginning of history with Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham in verses 4-11. It discusses our heavenly hope in verses 13-16. The faith of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph) is detailed in verses 17-22. The faith of Moses is discussed in verses 23-29. The chapter ends by sharing instances of how people in the Bible overcame through faith in verses 30-40.


After you read that chapter, write down how your faith story would be told if you had been included in this Hall of Faith chapter in Hebrews. You don’t have to write everything God has ever done for you. That would likely take a long, long time. Just write down what faith means to you and why you believe in God. Write down your own evidence of why you believe.


That can become a reassuring exercise for building your own faith in God. It can also be a good reminder for you if you’re going through a difficult time right now. Writing down your evidence can also help you be ready if you ever need to share your faith with someone else.


13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (I Peter 3:13-17, NKJV)

Do you have evidence of your faith today?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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