Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Let’s talk hope. Let’s talk faith. Let’s talk confidence. I think we are starting to see how all of these are related, but the verse in Hebrews today shows us the importance of all of these elements for a strong relationship with God.
Faith = confidence in what we hope for + assurance for what we can’t see
Faith– peithó means “to persuade, have confidence or to trust”
Confidence– hupostasis translates into “a title of possession (the legal claim that we have through Christ as our inheritance)” the NASB version also calls this “assurance”
Hope– elpizó refers to “actively waiting”.
Assurance– elegchos which means “a proof or persuasion”, think of like a mathematical proof.
When we act in faith, we also wait in hope. Hope isn’t sitting around waiting and doing nothing, hope is proving our faith by being proactive through the waiting.
I think of people who have gone through some very hard times, and the difference that knowing and loving Jesus has made for them versus the people who suffer without hope. The bible actually tells that we in this world we are not without hope because of our faith in Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Our hope is Jesus Christ, we are actively waiting for His return.
Our confidence is Jesus Christ, as we are assured and promised our inheritance as children of God.
The same for that assurance, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus you don’t need to provide “proof”. The saving grace of Jesus is the only “proof” you need.
Now more than ever, especially with everything going on we seem to be in a season a waiting.
We waited for quarantine to end so we could resume normal activities
Now were waiting for things to go back to normal
The truth is (as I’m sure many of you know already) we may never go back to the way thing used to be.
And that’s ok, because our faith (trust) and hope (actively waiting) isn’t in our situations or circumstances returning the way things were before, but in God’s mighty hand upon us.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
He shook us all up that’s for sure, but He is still on His throne and He knows what He is doing and where this is all going.
In our hope and expectation we can be faithful to God by acting in Holy Confidence.
Take the upcoming release of my book, for example. After my publisher had it and was working on the interior of the book, there was little that I had to do with the book at that time. Instead I was encouraged to focus on all the other little things that play a part in releasing a book (social media, marketing,etc…)
My hope is that this book gets in the hand of those that need it and it transforms people’s lives to start to see their relationship with God in a different way and be able to give that one “thing” over to God that maybe they are still holding onto so they can indeed be fully transformed into who God has called them to be!
So that’s my hope, but is it enough to hope that and not act in faith?
The way I see it is I have two options, I can just say I hope people find out about the book and that’s that, or I can act in faith and talk about the book and ask people to get onboard with talking about the book as to believe that this book will change lives.
God told Abraham to sacifice his only son and he was completely obedient to him. God told Noah to build a boat for a flood that was coming even though there was no sight of rain.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see
It can be super scary to hold onto what God has promised you especially when you don’t see how it will be possible.
I don’t know what’s in store for my book, my greatest fear is that I will spend all of this time, energy and money into this book and people will hate it, but I can’t act from that place of fear (actually I can’t act in fear at all because I’m paralyzed when I am afraid)
But I choose to act in faith, I choose to live from what God has given me and how He has lead me to share that message.
It isn’t only me that He has given a message or a promise to, He has given us all the confidence we need to act in faith now and while we actively wait for His return.
So the question I want to leave you with is this, “How are you choosing to live out your confident hope?”