Faith is an incredible thing. It’s been attributed to heroes of the past. Heralded in men and women who’ve accomplished Herculean feats. Touted as the one thing to solve the world’s problems. Faith is incredible. On a recent trip through Hebrews 11, I noticed some things about faith that I had previously missed.
One of those things is that faith is belief in the absence of proof! I spent a good deal of time in the early 90s studying and learning about ‘evidence’ in order to defend my faith. The idea seemed to be that if we had proof of God and answers to ‘questions’, then we could lead people to God and defend what we believed. Now, after reading Hebrews 11 again, it seems that God is saying that we don’t need proof to come to Him and believe in Him. It’s our faith that leads to Him, not evidence and hard facts!
Note in verse 1:
“faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
So, isn’t God telling us that if we have faith, we don’t need facts and evidence in order to believe? He tells us that faith is being sure: sure of what? Sure of ‘what we hope for’. What does that mean? It means that we can count on things that we can’t see. We can be sure of the possibility that God does indeed exist. Sure of the fact that God loves each of us and wants us to have a relationship with Him. That’s why He sent His son to solve our sin problem, because that sin kept us from having a relationship with Him! We can be sure that God is who He says He is and that He does what He says He will do (Numbers 23:19)!
Faith also is certain of what we do not see! I don’t need evidence to convince me that what I can’t see is really there! I just need faith!! What is there to be certain about that we don’t see? We need to be certain that Jesus is who He said He was, that God is orchestrating all things in our lives. We need to be certain that God’s Holy Spirit is indeed dwelling in us and is Lord of our lives, living out the Life of Christ through our each and every choice and decision. We need to be certain that God is always at work. We need to be certain of many things….
Verse 3 begins with “by faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.”! How many resources are expended on searching for ‘proof’ that God created the universe? The writer of Hebrews is telling us that we just need to believe it, by faith! None of us were there, none of us can fully prove exactly how God created the world. God is telling us through this passage, that we don’t need to worry about it! We need to just accept it, by faith!
The question for us today is this: do we need evidence to believe? Isn’t God saying that true faith, the faith we need to come to God (v.6) is based on our ‘being sure’ of what we can’t see or fully know! And this ‘being sure’ then leads us to action – to believe and accept that it just is. Period. End of argument. Faith settles the matter!
The reason Jesus said that we can’t see, enter & understand the Kingdom of God unless we become like a little child is because of FAITH! Who has greater faith than a little child? They just simply believe that things are the way they think they are, and (most importantly), they act on their belief!
What is God telling you today about your faith? Is it lacking? Is it ‘true faith’? Or is it based on what you know: the evidences you’ve learned, the things you can see, touch, feel, measure, quantify. As in the Santa Claus movies, “seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing”! What an affront to an immortal, invisible and all-knowing God for His creation to “dis” Him in our quest for more proof! He desires for us to simply belief, by faith, that He is there. He asks us to live ‘being certain of what we do not see’ and ‘being sure of what we hope for’… Does that describe how you live your life?