“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
Hebrews 11:1, 3 ESV
I have always wanted a telescope, but I’ve never had one. I’ve always wanted to be able to observe the things I have learned in science, and not just see pictures. But nonetheless, I believe I the things I’ve been taught and haven’t seen. I believe they’re out there because someone has seen them and has evidence they exist.
I also love history. A lot of things I know about history I was taught. I wasn’t there, but I know they happened because they were written down in a relatively objective way so that later on we could read and learn about them.
Its odd to me that when we read these things that other people have observed and know, we readily accept them, but when it comes to something as personal as our faith and the things we have observed God doing in our lives, we look for a more difficult explanation.
There have been countless times in my life where the very tangible and real thing that happened was an unmistakable act of my Father. The evidence is not something I hold, it is my own faith itself. I will receive no more assurances than that. So why is it that I have considered my faith to be less reliable than any of my other senses?
This week I remind you that you should learn to rely on all of your senses. Read and be knowledgeable, listen and learn. However, when it comes to your faith about the things and works that God has performed in your own life, trust in Him and the rely on the faith that He built in you. It is the evidence of the things you are hoping for and things that are unseen.