How would you define faith?
Do you equate faith with belief? Is faith merely an intellectual agreement with statements about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? Is faith what we say we believe?
Does faith mean accepting something that cannot be empirically proved?
Is faith what is required to accept something that seems impossible?
When you think of faith, do you automatically think of risk? Is a “leap of faith” dangerous? Does it mean moving forward without knowing the destination?
What about the role of trust in faith? When we have faith in someone or something, aren’t we expressing our trust and confidence in them?
Is faith static? Can it be clearly defined or is it dynamic and changing?
Doesn’t faith include all these aspects? If so, doesn’t that make faith a beautiful and living part of our lives? Perhaps it ebbs and flows like the waves lapping the shore line. Maybe it’s like the wind that can be as gentle as a spring breeze or so strong it knocks us off our feet. How would you define faith?
Does the definition the author of Hebrews gives us in the first verse of chapter 11 add to our understanding of faith? “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see” (Heb. 11:1).
The Hebrews lived in a difficult time of persecution. The writer of the book of Hebrews encouraged his readers by listing several examples of biblical people who lived by faith.
People like Abraham and Moses believed in God’s promises. They believed that God’s promises would be fulfilled. Their convictions informed their daily decisions and actions in order to affect their circumstances and move toward God’s reality.
Do we have that kind of faith? Have we caught Jesus’ vision of the kingdom of God? Do we live each day according to God’s ways in that realm? Do we follow the call of our faith to love our neighbors, to be light in the world, to make visible God’s kingdom among us?
Do we live by faith?