“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.” – Hebrews 11:1-2
LIGHT FOR NOW: Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Our opening verse says through faith, the elders in our spiritual family obtained a good report from God. Scripture says “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:8-10), “Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God”. Paul told the believers in Corinth “we live by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7). If this is the case, it is important to know what faith is, so that we can regulate and conduct ourselves in faith, not by what we see, taste, touch, hear or feel.
Faith is what carries you from one point to the other. You can hope for something but faith is the substance that moves you forward until you experience it. Take salvation for example. We receive this by faith in Christ and his finished work. Being saved is not something that you can see, hear, smell, touch or feel. However, chances are if you’ve experienced it no one can talk you out of it because your faith is the substance that testifies to you that it is real and genuine. The hope of salvation hasn’t been realized yet, in the sense that we still are on this earth, but faith in Christ is what assures us that salvation is a done deal and one day very soon the hope of salvation will be realized. This same principle applies to all situations in the believer’s life. This is why the writer declared at the end of Hebrews 10, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39), why? It is because we have faith. We have the title deed to the things God has promised us. All we need to do is believe them until the hope of them is realized. “This is what the ancients were commended for” (Hebrews 11:2). They believed God when all seemed lost and obtained a good report. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Meditate on God’s word.
CONFESSION: I declare that I rest on the promises of God for me in Christ Jesus, Amen.
QUOTE: Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3