“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
What does faith look like? How do we live with faith in God during our daily lives? In the verse above, we’re told that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
The author of Hebrews goes on to describe what faith looked like in the lives of God’s people from the Bible. . . people you may have heard of in Sunday School. . . Abel, Abraham, Sarah, Moses. Even though we’ve probably heard their names spoken of in church, they were people just like us, folks who were hoping for more than this life and who trusted in a God they couldn’t see. As you read through their stories, you’ll see that they weren’t perfect. They doubted, made mistakes, hurt the people they loved most. Sounds familiar!
Do you ever feel that if you just had more faith, then your circumstances would get better? Has anyone said to you, “just believe more and you won’t struggle.” When I hear these words, I feel discouraged and weighed down. I wonder if my faith is good enough or real enough. Am I certain? Is my faith big enough to handle life’s toughest questions?
When we reflect on our faith in Jesus, instead of placing the responsibility of rock solid faith on ourselves, we can turn our eyes toward the object of our faith.
Throughout the Bible, we read verse after verse that illustrates the faithfulness and authority of the object of our faith, Jesus. We will never believe perfectly, but we will always have a perfect Jesus, who proved that he was worthy of our trust.
Therefore, we trust him to provide for each step that we take, each struggle that we face. We are not saved by how strong our faith in Jesus is, but by how strong Jesus’ love for us is. He proved this love on the cross. He holds us tightly in his tender grip. He is fully committed to us and his commitment is perfectly secure.
For Further Reading: Hebrews 11, 1 John 4:16