Convinced: Faith Defined

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)

I believe all kinds of things I could never hope to prove to you absolutely and scientifically. Honestly, I could not prove them all to myself. Still, somehow, I am convinced. I’m not rolling the dice. I’m not making an educated guess. I’m not wishing on star just because I have to believe in something.

convinced_350I’m certain that God exists, that he is personal and active and emotional. I am sure, in fact, that he hates sin, that he forgives sinners who trust in Jesus, and that he loves me as a son.

Is my faith in him courageous and wise or foolish and tragic? That depends on whether he is as the Bible describes him. I’ve staked my life on the belief that he is. Maybe you have, too.

Now what? Come back this week to think about what the convinced should do about it.

Think: Can you truthfully describe yourself as convinced in the reality of the God of the Bible? If so, what would you tell someone who asked you “why”?

Pray: If you’re a Christian, thank God for the faith to be sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.

Do: Check out some other definitions of faith by typing “define:faith” into your Google.