Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
– Hebrews 11:1
People talk about faith quite often, sometimes in a negative way but most often in a positive way… Faith is being sure of a hope and certain of what we don’t see, and every single person has faith about something.
There are just some things that we might not see, but that we know, for example:
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
– Hebrews 11:3
We know that God created the universe, in fact we know that He made it out of nothing. Some would say that this is silly and substitute a theory they learned from science class, but if you ask me that takes considerably more faith since those theories have always struck me as being inconsistent and contradictory.
For example, when I learned the “Big Bang” theory, the professor taught us that the universe began when a bunch of cosmic “stuff”… Wait! If your theory begins with “stuff” then it isn’t the beginning; where did the “stuff” come from? Gee, we haven’t even gotten to the “bang” and we already have a problem!
Anyway, let’s get back on track… We know by faith that Jesus died for our sins, and that through Him we have the hope of eternal life. It is that hope that we know by faith, but the death, burial and resurrection is something we know by historical fact; the historical fact supports the hope.
So where am I going with all this? Simple: Why do we question our faith, why do we hesitate to respond fully to the Gospel? Why do we hold back on our service? We know the facts and they support our faith; sometimes we need to remind ourselves of how sure and certain we are about our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Take heart, for there is no power on this earth that can pry us away from our hope in Christ as long as we keep the truth and certainty of our relationship with Him in mind as we go through the trials and challenges of life, for our God is greater than any power on earth.