The substance of things hoped for
‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’
Hebrews Chapter 11 Verse 1
We look every which way for evidence in order that we may be convinced that what we believe and hope for is true. The Lord in His love and mercy has provided all the evidence that we need for this life and it is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
True faith takes God at His Word. Nothing added, nothing subtracted, no ifs and no buts. Our duty in this life is to honour our God and to enjoy Him in all that we do. Our souls must be steeped in His Word for us to enjoy the benefit of His counsel and wisdom.
Whatever God has said will be done.
There is nothing in heaven or in earth that can thwart His purposes. If God has given me a promise then I can be fully persuaded that it will come to pass. Days, weeks and months may pass by with little sign of it happening, but it shall be all the sweeter when the time is right for it to be fulfilled. He does all things well and that includes the delays.
Listen to what the Apostle wrote about Abraham’s faith. ‘Who against hope believed in hope…’ ‘He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.’
I have found that whenever I have received a promise through God’s Word everything in my life seems to contradict the fulfilling of it. There seems to be no possible way of it ever coming to pass!
I look for external evidence and my spirit sinks. My soul or is it my reason and mind want more than just His Word. Oh to be sure that what I am doing is God’s Will. To be sure that my salvation is true. To be sure that come the days when my last breath will be taken that all will be well with my soul.
Many such conflicts plague believers day in and day out. Each day is a struggle to keep above the waves of doubt that seem to be a permanent part of life. Fervent prayer is made for security and for assurance, yet the evidence required is before them! God’s Word is true.
He remains faithful! The darkest hour is just before the dawn and often it will seem that the knife must be put to the throat of the promise before He brings His Word to pass.
Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters will let us down from time to time but God will never fail us. He keeps His promises. His word is sure. Friend, even our unbelief cannot stop God's Word coming to pass! Is the promise that you are waiting to be fulfilled in your life more difficult for God to perform than His work of creation?
There are times when we are so taken up with our own immediate problems and cares that we can be quick to point the finger at God and blame Him for the catastrophes that come our way.
Even our disappointments have been ordered by Him. They are as much a part of His plan as the greatest blessings that we receive. He does not make mistakes!
Let us become spiritual detectives, searching the evidence provided in order that we may glean a golden harvest for our needy souls. Take God at His Word today and bid farewell to doubts and fears.
I do not know what God has planned for me today, but I am confident that it will be good.I have often let my Best Friend down but I am confident that my Best Friend will never let me down. He knoweth the way that I take. Lead on dear Lord, lead on!