Read one of the most quoted verses in Hebrews this morning:
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 ESV
These questions came to mind: what are some examples of these “things”? What things, by faith, do we hope for? What things, by faith, are we convicted of? Is there a difference? How might it help our faith to determine these things?
The difference is pretty clear by the definitions. Hoping for something and being convicted of something are based on different levels of certainty. You can hope for good weather on your wedding day, but you can be convinced that regardless of the weather nothing will stop you from walking that aisle.
Convictions are what we build our lives upon, what we build our faith on. For example, verse three of chapter 11 states the conviction of faith that God created the world. That is a conviction of faith, of something unseen. As believers, we have many of these. We are convinced of eternal life. We are convinced in the trustworthiness of God’s Word. We are convinced the kingdom of God is inhabited by serving citizens. We are even convicted to tithe by faith.
CHALLENGE: Write a list of your faith things you are convicted of, that you have no doubt about and determine your worldview and how you live.
Things hoped for are then the things that play out in our lives based on the faith things we are convicted of. Parents hope, by faith, that how they have raised their children will bring the desired results. So they parent assuredly in the things they hope for. Employers hope, by faith, that their hiring processes result in building the right team. So they offer the job assuredly in the things they hope for. These faith things of conviction and hope work together.
CHALLENGE: Write a list of your faith things you are hoping for, keeping in mind they aren’t a random wishlist but stem from and should partner with your conviction things.
May your faith be commended along with those people listed in the rest of Hebrews 11. Your lists may set you on the path to being commended by God because of your faith things.