Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)
Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see. – (Hebrews 11:1, ERV)
Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. – (Hebrews 11:1, TPT)
Faith brings our hope into reality, as it grants us the strength to keep moving forward in the direction to which we have been called. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that things will turn out for the best. (dictionary.com) Faith grants us the assurance and confidence to trust in what we cannot yet see. The two are seemingly intertwined as we need faith to hold hope, and hope to remind us that we have reason to have faith. With Christ, hope and faith are fueled by His love. Though we do not see Him, His evidence is all around us. The more we know, the deeper our faith grows, and the more we find hope is present. May we ever seek the Lord to know Him more, for it is in the knowing that we find faith and recognize the hope we forever have in Him.
Our faith is what makes,
Things hoped for in reach;
Proof of what’s not seen,
Good yet to be reached.
It grants us the strength,
To trust and believe;
To keep pressing on,
So, let us pursue,
Him from whom hope grows;
Trust in the unseen,
Faith that the Lord knows.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we find faith and hope in You. Thank You that You are present to hear our prayers and grant us the faith that You hear and the hope that You are moving on our behalf. Forgive us for the times that our faith or hope waver, for You never change and are faithful forever. Teach us to trust You more, and increase our faith as we place our hope in Your hands. Show us how to love those around us in ways that encourage faith and hope. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we continue to pursue a deeper relationship with You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. – Psalm 36:5