Is it hard to trust what we cannot see? In Hebrews 11, we are given a definition of trust, but the word used is “faith.” “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (11:1). Let’s take these two phrases and look more closely at their meaning.
First, the definition of the word “faith” is “to believe to the extent of complete trust and reliance, or to have faith in” something. Usually we find the word in Scripture used in relation to something that cannot be seen.
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for” points to “that which provides the basis for trust and reliance or confidence.” For example, though we may have ‘heard the message of the gospel,’ God has also provided abundant proof of it through the Scriptures that are one unified testimony over many hundreds of years that they are true and reliable.
Faith is also “the conviction of things not seen.” That means there is enough “evidence as to the truth or reality of something.” This evidence removes doubt, even though we do not see the real thing that our faith has told us about. From historical proof to the power of God in the Christian, there is ample evidence to the person of Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
When it comes to the things of God, do you rely more on what you see, or do you allow the Holy Spirit to give you assurance that builds your convictions. His work is with the inner man so the outer man lives by the assurance and convictions of the inner man. What is He doing IN YOU?
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