Once, an entire village decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the villagers gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s faith on the part of the boy.
Scripture says; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the sense that beyond and behind the visible there is an invisible. By faith alone we are sure of eternal things and that they really ARE!
The “things hoped for” are not mere figments of the imagination; their basis is the word of God. By hope we are confident that we shall have them. All Christian hope presupposes faith (Romans 8:25).
The “evidence” or awareness of things not seen is convincing proof to the believer. It is the way the soul is able to see what the eye cannot see. “By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being. So nobody has a good excuse” (Romans 1:19, MSG).
In the age in which we live, everyone wants a scientific explanation, hard data, test results, etc. Most people place little confidence in anything that cannot be empirically validated. The true believer recognizes that there are two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. Of the two, the spiritual is the one that ultimately matters.
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever” (2 John 2:17, MSG).
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, KJV)
~ Brother Roy