What is faith? Is it just some word that we toss around as a shorthand for something else – a code word perhaps? Is it a word we use when we don’t know what else to say or when we want to avoid more discussion?
The unidentified author of the book of Hebrews gives us God’s definition of faith. He wrote, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In the case of a Christian, this means that we have confidence that God’s promises are not just empty words and we trust that He will fulfill those promises.
To say that we have faith requires that we understand that faith must have an object. We can’t just say that we have faith and leave it at that. We must say in what we have faith, although sometimes it’s the context of the situation that provides that object.
For the Christian, that context is the arena of God, specifically, Jesus Christ. When we say that we have faith we are saying that God is the author of our salvation, a gift given out of His love for His children. We are saying that we have confidence and trust that as the result of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be with God for all of eternity.
So, what is the object of your faith? Is it merely a convenient code word, or is there real substance, an object, behind it?
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1