“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
This is one of those scriptures that you need to think about for awhile. You need to meditate on it and allow the Holy Spirit to open your understanding, because it’s weighty.
The writer of Hebrews says that faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Some of the definitions of substance are as follows:
- a fundamental or characteristic part or quality
- physical material from which something is made or which has discrete existence
- that which has foundation, is firm
- that which has actual existence
- the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing
- the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution
- confidence, firm trust, assurance
So true faith is the confidence, firm trust & assurance that God will manifest/answer/provide that thing that you are hoping will happen.
If your hope is built upon His word, His will & His goodness, your hope in Him will not disappoint.
The second part of the verse states that faith is the evidence of things not seen.
- proof, confirmation, verification
- an outward sign
- a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested
So faith is the conviction, the confirmation that you are believing God. You are certain He is able to do what He has said He will do. And if He has made you a promise, you can be confident that He will fulfill it.
Romans 4:18-21 Living Bible (TLB)
So, when God told Abraham that he would give him a son who would have many descendants and become a great nation, Abraham believed God even though such a promise just couldn’t come to pass! And because his faith was strong, he didn’t worry about the fact that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred, and that Sarah his wife, at ninety,[a] was also much too old to have a baby.
But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened. He was completely sure that God was well able to do anything he promised.