Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Have you heard this scripture before?
Another way to say it is, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, now faith is the evidence of things not seen.
I’ve quoted that scripture many times before. Usually, I focus on “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” and I mentally skip over the word “Now”. But lately, I’ve been doing quite a bit of studying on faith, and here’s what I’m realizing. The word “now” is an extremely important word in this verse.
“Now” connotes time. So the verse is telling us that we are to have “now faith”, not “tomorrow faith”, and not “yesterday faith”. Our faith needs to be in the present.
“Faith” means confidence or trust in a person or thing. (In this case, that trust is in God.)
“Is” – 3rd person singular present indicative of be. That’s technical grammar speak, but here’s what it means: to exist orlive; to take place; happen; occur
“Assurance” means a positive declaration intended to give confidence: promise or pledge; guaranty; surety
“Hoped” means to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire, or trust
“Evidence” means grounds for belief; proof; something that makes plain or clear
“Seen” means to view
So let’s look at it again, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, now faith is the evidence of things not seen.”
I can personalize this Scripture and say, My present confidence and trust in God existing, is my positive declaration of things I’m looking forward to with desire and confidence; my present confidence and trust in God existing, is my grounds for belief in things I can’t view yet.
Does that resonate with you? It resonates with me! I see the scripture in a whole new light! God wants me to believe in Him today and have confidence today in His ability to provide me with the things I am hoping for. The things I desire. My present trust in God makes it plain and clear that I will see the things I’m believing in. Amen!!!
Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!
– I am not a preacher, minister, or evangelist. I’m just a woman who has a heart for God.