Think about the last store you went to. Now, define that store to me. You may say something like a clothing store or grocery store. What made you define the store as such?
Maybe it was the clothing racks or the produce section. Regardless of the store, you probably defined it based on what you saw.
We define most things by what we see and there is wisdom in that. God gave us vision to help us discern our surroundings. You can see a fire before you feel the heat, so you know not to touch it. You don’t have to wait for the heat of the flames to kiss your skin before you understand you need to step away.
God gave us senses to discern, but what happens when those senses are conflicting? So many times, what I hear from God and what I see in my life do not line up. To be completely honest, most seasons of my life have been marked by frustration. There is a healthy tension in knowing God’s promise and waiting for it happen in your life.
So, now what? Now faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Faith is substance and it is evidence. The substance is our confident belief in God’s word and the evidence is what we see. Read the verse again. Real faith is not a blind faith.
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 11:3 NLT
Believing that God created the universe is faith. Our confident belief in The Word of God that says He created the heavens and the earth is the substance and the evidence is the universe itself. When a crime is committed, even if you didn’t see it happen, you believe it because of the evidence that was left behind. Also, the evidence usually points to the person who did it.
The very fact that we can see nature reveals that there is a Creator. Sometimes evidence isn’t black and white and often times we have to look into our pasts to find it. The word of God says that He is our provider. Even though I can’t see my provisions being met right now, I can have now faith because I remember a time when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to pay my bills and yet God came through for me.
The substance: His word says He is a provider.
The evidence: He did it before.
What do you do when what God has said, isn’t lining up with what you see. Take hold of the substance of His word and ask God to reveal to you the evidence of His working in your life.
What areas in your life are you having trouble having real faith in God?