Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV))
Have you ever truly stopped to reflect on faith and what it means? Many people confuse faith with hope. If you imagine yourself going on a journey with faith as your destination, you would travel through hope long before you ever get to faith. Hope basically can be summarized as an optimistic attitude. Faith can be described as a confidence or a trust that something will happen. The two are related, but they are not the same. When you consider that the Bible uses the word “hope” to define faith, it quickly becomes obvious which is greater.
Faith is so much more than hope. Faith is substantial. Faith is what gives us strength to stand firm and strong when the storms of this world dash our hopes against the rocks. Faith is what gives us strength to guide us when the world throws us into a dry and barren place. Faith is what gives us strength to keep us focused on the prize when the enemy sends anything and everything at us to try and distract us. Faith is the peace that passes all understanding if we only allow it to firmly take root in our lives!
Faith is substance!
I love the way that the New International Version (NIV) translates Hebrews 11:1.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
Faith is confidence!
With that in mind, let’s look at hope and faith with two simple questions.
Do you have hope that you are saved?
Do you have faith that you are saved?
Do your answers show that you are hopeful in your salvation or do your answers show that you are confident in your salvation?
Is your faith built on substance and confidence?