Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
– Hebrews 11:1-6
Over the past couple of weeks, I had the privilege of participating in Anthem’s core class simply called: A2. This material covers some of the defining beliefs that make Anthem unique within the faith community.
One of my favorite sessions, taught by Louis Swingrover, deals with God as the Creator of the universe. I have to confess there are times when it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that God created everything … out of nothing. How can something be formed without the benefit of pre-existing materials? Every time I have had the opportunity to hear Louis’ talk, I’m completely captivated by the wonder of God’s power, encompassed in His word. Everything visible was created by that which is invisible!
In today’s devotional reading we find the definition of faith illustrated through God’s creation of the universe. The writer uses two words in describing faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” In assurance and conviction we find a couple of invisible ingredients that form our faith. This definition is followed by 19 references to numerous men and women who “By faith…” did great things for God.
What kinds of acts has God called you to that require faith? The Scripture is full of promises upon which your faith can rest. Do you have the confident assurance that God can and will fulfill all he has promised you? Do you have the conviction needed to continue moving forward … even if you are unable to see the outcome?
If you find your faith needs a little boost, take a minute to step outside and look at the stars at night or at the snow-covered mountains in the early morning. God created all that you see by the power of His invisible word. Is there anything too difficult for God?
// Sandy Wild