I am enjoying my discovery of Hebrews as a book on hope – setting hope up as the foundation of a life of radical, risk-taking, sacrificial love.
When I look at the examples that fall into chapter eleven, I clearly see that the future outlook, which included a reward of joy, was what made the difference. It was moving in a deeper confidence of God’s promises so that we had the desire to turn from those sins that easily tripped us up and allowing us to live out that radical kind of love that comes from having my hope in God.
While verse one is a definition of faith – doesn’t it have all the components of the three – faith, love, and hope? It all starts with faith – the foundation. It has the future which ultimately points to what faith accomplishes and it speaks of radical life of love for God which is how our present lives should be lived out today. Yes, faith is the very beginning of everything that really matters spiritually.
When I read these stories of people of faith, love and hope – it confirms what I already know – following Jesus is hard work. I am so convinced of what God has promised is true that my actions will prove them to be so.
Faith itself becomes the proof of an unseen power – it cannot be generated – it comes from God. So the invisible God gives evidence of Himself through faith.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1