Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”.
Faith ~~~ substance ~~~ hoped for ~~~ and now we look at the “evidence“.
I like what Dr. Rogers says about what God does here. He says, “The faith you have in your heart is evidence God is up to something. You see, when God massages your heart, He leaves His fingerprints on you. When God touches the human life, you can see the fingerprint of God, evidence God is going to do something very real.” Don’t you like that! I surely do!!
Now we come to the next interesting couple of words. What is faith the evidence of? The Word says, “~~~~~of things not seen”. Oops. Did we just step back on thin ice???
There is a lot in the world today that we cannot see. Interesting story in 2 kings 6, begin reading at verse 8. It is the story of Elisha and Elijah. Elisha is staying in the city of Samaria and the Syrian army is advancing. When the King learns that Elisha is there he sends horses, chariots and a great army at night and has them surround the city knowing that Elisha is there and he is “caught”. In the morning his servant sees what is out there and asks Elisha what to do. His answer? “~~~Fear not; for those that be with us are more than they that be with them”. WHAT!!!!HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT!!!! We are only two – they surround us!!!!
And then!!!!!!!!! Elisha prays and asks God to open his servant’s eyes that he might see. (verse 7). GUESS WHAT!!!! “And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw; and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
That is exciting. It was what could not be seen but was believed on by a man full of faith.
Yes! We too, are not alone. We are surrounded by God’s angels, WHEN““““(Oh yes) ~~~ there has to be a catch doesn’t there!! God is protecting us all the time when we are walking in the Spirit, when we are obeying God. The unseen is always right there with us.
Faith is the substance: Solid, unmovable, promises from God’s Word to us.
Faith is the evidence: There is definitely something else there – the unseen. It has always been there and always will be there. The way you can know that is that it is evidence that you have in your heart. How to you get it? By deeply getting into the Word of God and believing every single Word that you read, and putting it to work in your own heart and soul.
God is moving. God is working. Unseenly, but for sure!!
Dr. Rogers continues in the Study by saying this:
“The atheist or skeptic may say, ‘You soft-headed Christians, you just accept by faith that there is a God’.
And I say, ‘You’re absolutely right.’
He says, ‘You can’t prove there’s a God.’
I say ‘You’re absolutely right. I can’t prove it. I just accept it by Faith.’ ”
So be it!!! Tomorrow we will finish up our mini study on Faith.