|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM|
In Hebrews 11 verse 1, in the King's James translation of the Bible, we read,
" Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
The Amplified translation reads, "Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses)." That's the key-"what is not revealed to the senses." That doesn't mean that the good we hope for is not present but that our senses haven't perceived it yet. True faith actually goes beyond hope. It is believing God's Word or Truth. It is being in agreement with God and not being in agreement with the testimony of the senses.
I saw this demonstrated many years ago when I was on an audition tour trying to get my first job in a professional ballet company. I had auditioned everywhere I could and still no job. Finally, hiring season was over and contracts were signed as they traditionally are in spring and early summer. I was sort of depressed, but then I started thinking about this idea of true faith. So I decided that if I was going to accept that I already had right employment, then I needed to wholeheartedly consent to that truth and start acting like it. So I started thanking God for my job so much that I got happy about it and finally I believed it. About 2 months later I got a phone call. It was from a professional ballet company that I had auditioned for and to whom I had also given a video of my dancing and resume. The company manager said that for months they had wanted to hire me but had lost my information. And then she said that it was the strangest thing but that when she came to work that morning, my video and resume were sitting on her desk. And she wanted to know if I would be interested in coming right away so that I could dance the lead role in their production of "The Nutcracker."
You see it was true all along that I had all the good that I needed. And as soon as I started to agree with that fact in spite of what I saw, my experience lined up with God's Word so that even the senses perceived it. But I had to believe it was present and true first because it was. I often like to remind myself of this when I am tempted to believe something other than God's goodness in my life.