(Hebrews 11:1-3) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. 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.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). This verse from Proverbs has been a pillar of guidance for me throughout my Christian life. I have come to understand that to do what this passage directs is an act of faith. Today I’d like to look into faith. Hebrews chapter 11 is called the faith chapter because it focuses on faith. The first three verses give us a great definition of faith. Faith is simply believing in what we don’t see.
The Bible, from beginning to end, is given to us to assist in building our faith. It tells us what existed before us and what exists in the unseen world. Our journey begins with faith, just a little faith, and that faith grows as we seek the God who is unseen. He touches us in our inner being, and we experience his presence. We find joy and new life as we grow in our knowledge of him.
Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Here in Hebrews 11:6 we read about this process of starting with a little faith, and God rewarding us in a growing relationship with him. As our faith in him grows, we approach the place where we can trust in him with all our hearts and surrender our understanding to him.
The Message translation states our Hebrews 11:1-3 scripture like this, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” Growing in trust and faith in our God is a quest all believers share, and this quest is filled along the way with rewards from the God who loves us.