Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
All the Difference . . .
The world of science works with substance — materials that are testable and observable — in experiments that are repeatable. Such substance exists in the realm of the senses — that which we can see and hear and touch and taste and smell.
The world of the senses, of course, is not a bad world at all, for God created it all. He made the grapes on the vine and the almonds on the tree. And He paints the sky with new light and color every day.
God wants us to enjoy the substance of His creation, for it all points back to Him, the Creator.
Faith is made of substance, too. A different kind of substance. We cannot see faith itself, but we can see its effects the same way we can feel the cool, gentle rush of the invisible wind.
To see a life changed, a soul transformed, a heart healed . . . that is the evidence of faith. We are recipients of a healing grace, testaments to a redeeming love.
Faith is an inward reality with an outward expresssion.
If we could place our faith under a microscope, the substance of our everyday faith would be found in those small, hidden choices we make every day — the choices we make when no one is looking.
Because a heart that’s known grace is a heart that gives grace.
The writer of Hebrews said that “faith is the substance of things hoped for.” And our hope is firmly anchored in the One who made us, sought us, and bought us with His blood. We may not be able to see God with our eyes, but we can see Him move in our lives. And we know that He alone has made all the difference.