Saturday, February 4, 2012
Faith or Hope?
What is faith? Is it merely hoping for something, or is it something bigger and stronger.
The Collins English Dictionary defines “faith” as “strong or unshakable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence.” In Christianity, faith is trust in God.
Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” If faith is substance, should there be tangible evidence we can lay hold of?
In hope, we are waiting to see something with our own eyes. But if it needs to be proven before it is believed, that is not faith. It is not faith if we are trusting our five senses to “prove” it. It is still hope.
It is so easy to express our hope for something we want or need, either for ourselves or someone else. We express our hope with great conviction and sincerity. Hope, however, is for something that “will” happen.
Hope is necessary. We all need hope to survive in this world. But hope is almost always future tense. If we stay in the hope realm, we may never realize what we are “hoping” for. Faith “real-izes” our hope and turns it to substance. Faith completes our hope and makes it real. Faith believes it has already happened, no matter how things may appear. Faith is for NOW!