A sure hope founded upon faith
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:1-3
The text this morning provides us a great definition of what faith in God means. It is being sure of what we hope for and confident in what we do not see. There are those that claim they’re just not the type of people who will not exercise faith for they do not have it in their DNA. But the reality is, each one of us exercises faith it just depends on what or who we place it. From the text, the writer of Hebrews expressed the assurance of having faith founded upon a relationship with God. Such faith provides a hope that looks forward to a great future for it is anchored upon a belief that God will keep His promises. This is why the writer mentioned the experiences of those who lived during the Old Testament period where they trusted God’s promises and lived their lives being obedient to His word. They realized that though life here on earth will be filled with difficulties, but because of faith they could look forward to the place God prepared for those that trusted Him. “They were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16). Those who claim to be children of God should demonstrate the same confidence. We should be unmoved by what life will bring to us for we know that we are in God’s presence. This is what Moses demonstrated when he left the king of Egypt. “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). We should hold on to the truth that the God to whom we place our faith with was the one who created everything in this universe out of nothing (v. 3). Having such kind of faith will help change our perspective in life. Our faith is not based on some vague generalities but in the truth founded upon the Word of God. This is why our faith in God will provide us a living and effective power that will strengthen us each day no matter what challenges we will be facing. Faith in God will produce hope and hope will strengthen the resolve to continue and persevere. Without faith in God, we will shrink back and give up. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Noel De Guzman