Things We Cannot See
Today our topic is faith, and we will be looking at the things we hope for which are also things we cannot see!
About the Story
Bradon: The book of Hebrews found in the New Testament has an incredible chapter on faith, chapter 11.
Jon: Rather than giving an in-depth definition, Chapter 11 gives these examples of people who had faith.
Bradon: Even though they could not see God, they believed he existed and had good plans for them.
Jon: Not only that, but they had faith that God would come through with his promises. Even though many of those promises did not come about until after they died, they still believed that it would come about one day!
Bradon: Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Jon: From this point, it begins to speak of people who had gone before.
Bradon: The list of people and a reminder of their story is long. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, People of Israel, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets.
Jon: The author uses all of these people’s lives as an example of faith, reminding the reader of the many people in history who put their faith in God.
Jon: Samson was not exactly a good leader. He didn’t always do what is right. As you read the stories, you hear that he messed up more often than not.
Bradon: Despite Samson’s poor decisions, the author of Hebrews reminds his readers that people counted Samson as righteous because he believed that God would rescue Israel even though he never actually saw it come about.
Jon: Listen to Hebrews 11:39, ‘All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. ‘
Bradon: So our faith in God is essentially confidence in what he will do, who he is and ultimately his existence. It is a confidence that God will be true to his promises and love for us as individuals and as a group. Like the author of Hebrews said in Chapter 11:1, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Jon: Next week, we will be talking more about faith and how it changes the patterns in our lives, the relationships we have and how we make decisions. So tune in next week.