Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
We looked at this verse in my last post. I said that being sure meant that our faith is a support to our expectations in Christ. So each time I learn something new about Christ, and make the choice to believe it – I add a new support structure. As long as this continues, my walk with the Lord grows.
The above verse also says that faith is being certain of what we do not see. The word translated as certain means proof or discovery.
Faith, then, is the discovery of things not seen. Notice that the writer of Hebrews did not say it was the discovery of things invisible. Rather, faith is the discovery of things you haven’t seen.
We say that Columbus discovered America. We understand that the New World was not invisible; it just couldn’t be seen from Europe. Through a series of choices Columbus got to a place where he could see it.
In the same way, you can discover new worlds of faith in Christ. You may not have known that the Lord paid the price for your healing. Through a series of choices, you came to a healing service. While there, you hear a message that touched your spirit proclaiming Christ as Healer.
As the Holy Spirit works in you, you choose to accept this truth by faith. Now your faith is the proof, the discovery, of that which was not seen.
The things that God has prepared for me are not invisible; I’m just not in a place where I can see them. Faith is the proof I need that they are there.
But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all…
1 Corinthians 14:24
When we let God speak through us, an amazing thing happens. Someone may hear the message that has not yet accepted Christ. He discovers that he’s a sinner. If he embraces this new discovery, he can make the choice to cross over into the kingdom of God.
Faith is always discovery and response. As I respond in faith to each new revelation, I lay hold of a new support. Each positive response helps me to climb a little higher. We must continue to live out this faith-walk and let God complete His work in us.
Question: What was the most recent discovery that added to your faith-walk?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012