“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Now there’s an interesting statement. Faith is a substance and it is composed of things hoped for. It is evidence or the body of facts indicating that a belief is true, real and/or exists. All of this describes our faith in God!
Now faith as a substance, it is the substructure, the foundation to which everything else is built upon. Just like any building, if there is no foundation then the whole thing collapses. Without Faith our entire religion collapses.
But faith is a real and tangible thing. Our faith as a foundation is made known through the quality and nature of the person. A person of faith will move, breath and have his being as if the thing hoped for is in existence now. Drawing a future event into the present time will alter a person’s actions and perspectives. Faith makes present, it makes real and it makes known.
Faith also has works. For a person of faith will make manifest his beliefs. This is part and parcel of the “evidence”. A person of faith will be changed. Their actions will always be faith motivated and directed. A person of faith is easily detected because they speak and do differently than everyone else.
A person who stands on their faith becomes the resulting building of that faith. That faith now becomes seen and is evidenced by their very presence.
Faith is not understood by most. To them it is invisible and intangible. And therein lies the rub. For most their faith is not founded on anything other than hope, a wish or a desire. That isn’t faith. There is no substructure or foundation in which to rest your beliefs on so of course your faith, wish and desire will collapse.
Make God your foundation. Build according to His building plans and then your faith will be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.