“Lord who Provides”
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I love how this is written, such a powerful verse. Let’s take a look and break it down a bit. The very first word is like an opening to an action film! NOW!
Remember when Hebrews was originally written in Greek they did not use periods or exclamation points, this was later added for our understanding.
So when does Faith start? Now!
What is Faith? According to Strong’s concordance this comes from the Greek word: Pistis: A moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher.)
Substance: This comes from the Greek word: Hupostasis: concretely essence - confidence, confident, person, substance. (essence means: that which determines its character,)
Hope means: to expect, not wish.
Evidence: Proof, it’s what Perry Mason had to present to win his case in court back in the day, or for the younger generation please substitute CSI Miami for Perry Mason.
Now let’s write this with a little simpler understanding:
Right Now! Faith is my firm moral conviction in the concrete Truthfulness of God, that the things expected to come, will come, the proof and conviction of things not seen.
Remember yesterday when we talked about;
“those things of God which the eye is unable to see,”
Even though we don’t see God working on our behalf we can be assured that He is. Even though people have said that Jesus will not return, we can rest assured that He will.
His eternal power and existence, are fully made clear.
Just like we know without a doubt that Jesus was risen from the dead
Luke 24: 6
“He is not here, but is risen!”
Now the rest of this chapter is called the Hall of Faith. It goes on to explain how people endured so much hardship based on the promises of God. They all did their parts in a universal play scripted out for you to win.
“Greater things can be imagined if you’re looking to God, for the part you are to play.”
“You’ll look back on the universe one day and say, I did my part in the play.”
He is: “Jehovah Jireh”
“Lord who Provides”