What Is Faith…Really? Part 1

Faith is an interesting topic.  Defining it is even more interesting.  There is a Biblical definition of what faith is in the 11th Chapter of Hebrews, and this is what is says: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

There it is, right?  Normally I would just say ‘yes’ but I feel like there needs to be a conversation about what this really means as well as to continue reading in Hebrews 11 to see how it actually plays out.  We will continue in Hebrews 11 tomorrow but let’s tackle this definition today.

First, we read that faith is ‘assurance’ of what we hoped for and it is also the ‘conviction’ of the things that we want or hoped for that we can’t see right now.  So, we don’t have these things we are hoping for and want to see, but we have this assurance and conviction that it is still reality.  It is as if faith, itself, is the reality until what we are having faith for becomes reality.  Makes total sense, right?

No, not really!

I think of it like a purchasing receipt for something online.  I have ordered it, bought it and for all intents and purposes, it is mine. I just don’t have it in my hands quite yet.

I don’t have it yet, but it’s mine.

I don’t know if it’s on the truck or the plane or sitting on a warehouse floor.  But it’s mine.

I’m not 100% sure if it will arrive at 12:00 or 12:02.  But it’s mine.

I may not fully understand how the shipping process works.  But it’s mine.

And I can be assured it’s mine because I have a receipt.

That’s faith.

I don’t understand how God is going to work it all out.  But I have faith He will.

I don’t know exactly when it is going to happen.  But I know it will.


Absolute Trust in a God who is Absolutely Trustworthy.