From Pastor’s Desk: 4-26-15
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
God’s formulas never cease to amaze me. “Sure of what we hope for” and “Certain of what we don’t see?” On the surface that does not make sense. Humanly, we are sure only of those things we see and even then sometimes we don’t believe it. But to put our faith in something hoped for, that has not come to fruition, with no guarantee that it ever will, is just hard to understand. Further, to be certain of what we don’t see, well, how is that supposed to work? King James Version uses “evidence of things not seen.” So, we are to accept as proof and hold as a conviction (which is the original meaning of evidence) things that are not in sight? Yes! That’s what He says. Anything less would not be faith, now would it?
Let’s examine further God’s formulas. Maybe this one could be written as:
Surety of hope + Certainty of lack of evidence = FAITH
Doesn’t make sense to the human mind, but then we’re not dealing with finite but infinite, where God dwells, with ways so much higher than ours, where our complexity is His simplicity, our anxiety His serenity, our weaknesses His strength, and our fear His overwhelming peace.
Continuing to walk only by sight will insure failure to gain a higher spiritual level, and to walk by sight only negates the aspect of faith, in that Hebrews 11:6 states that without faith it is impossible to please Him.