Hebrews 11:1 — “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. “
Consider the power of this statement.
Consider when this immaculately articulated principle was written.
Consider how this principle is one of the top 5 principles to teach anyone looking to make a change in their life.
As we ponder these questions, let us remember who made the rules – God. Would it not make sense that the person who created the rules would make them powerful? Of course. It also makes a lot of sense that the power of the principle is timeless – it doesn’t matter if it was written 2000 years ago.
Let’s scratch the surface level of this passage today, and dive deeper in future posts.
- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for… – Faith is actually a measurable asset. When you listen to a CEO sell their next big tech item, they are hoping that it will be a big seller and work amazing and earn a company money. The faith that the CEO has, can be measured in a sense, by how enthusiastic he is in delivering the message. Typically, a more inspired person is a more faithful person. Faithful to the idea, vision, person, product, or vocation they are hoping to make better. Faith is an action; stepping out and trying to make it happen when the only lamp post is your hope of what could be.
- …the evidence of things not seen. – Faith is also evidence. How? Because if a person has faith that they can achieve a vision of something (like providing 10 meals to poor people every month) it means they envision it in their mind NOW. That means it is evidence of what the person has faith will become reality. Without that evidence, NOTHING could ever become reality. Not the computer, smartphones, cars, air conditioning, oil drills, or sky scrapers.
That is intense right? And it is only the surface. Wait till we dig beneath the surface, and how we can actually use sharper words to make our visions and faith more alive and inspired.
The bottom line is that almost every self-help and motivational course is based upon this biblical principle.