“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith”… This is one of those verses I could just sit and ponder for hours. Has your faith been lacking a little lately? Memorize Hebrews 11:1 with your family and give your faith a little boost.
How does God define faith? Faith is the substance of things hoped for. In other words, faith takes an ethereal, abstract idea like hope and puts meat and bones on it. Faith has a certain weight to it. It’s gritty and messy and hard at times, but it underpins the whole of your Christian walk. Faith is the evidence, or clue that things are happening that we can’t see in the natural world. Think about Romans 1:20, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made.” The invisible things explain the very existence of the things we can see.
This week, take a look at the story of your family. Where have you seen the evidence of God’s unseen hand at work? What favorite Bible stories build your faith? What can you do as a family this week to focus on faith?
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Memorizing Hebrews 11:1 with your little ones? Try these kid-friendly hand motions.
Now faith is the substance (hold hands together in front, like you’re holding water in your hands)
of things hoped for (point in the distance)
the evidence (hold hands like a detective with a magnifying glass)
of things not seen (place hands above eyes as if looking for something)