In these verses, we find the definition of faith: the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen. The author goes on to give examples of those heroes of the faith who continued to trust that God would fulfill God’s promises, even if they never saw it with their own eyes. Abraham trusted that God had a plan for his life, gathered up his life, and set off for the promised land. He didn’t know where he was going, how he would get there, or when he would get there. He just knew that God would accompany and lead him.
What are the things that you hope for in your life, in the church, in your community, or in the world? To what degree do you believe that these things will actually happen? What does this say about your faith? What evidence have you seen that God is, in fact, faithful? In what situation might God be calling you to step out in faith, even now?
Offer this situation to God and ask for the courage to act with faithfulness.