“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
We have quoted this scripture so many times that it is embedded in our brain. But, how many of us live this scripture? The Bible says faith is the substance of things hoped for. What does this mean? The word substance means, “the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a tangible, solid presence.” The word I want us to zero in on is tangible, which means we can see it, feel it or touch it. The scripture is saying therefore that when we have faith, when we pray we see the manifestation of what we ask for even when it is not visible to the natural eyes. We therefore speak of what we receive as if we are seeing, feeling or touching it. Imagine not having anything to eat and we pray for food. Your actions after that prayer determines your level of faith. Have you seen the “substance of that food?” Or are you going to see things with your natural eyes?
In my teenage years, my mom lost her job for a couple months. We watched as the food in our cupboards dwindled to almost nothing. This was a novelty for us because our cupboards were always full. I remember watching the fear in my mom’s eyes as she wrestled with her emotions. I got up and started praying over our cupboards and refrigerator. I reminded God of his words that included provision and declared that our cupboards will be overflowing. I started seeing our cupboards overflowing, even though in the physical there was no manifestation of it. We didn’t say a word to anyone, but within three days my aunt came by our house with multiple bags of grocery. This continued until my mom started working again.
That was early in my walk with Christ and it is one of the experiences that I remind myself of whenever I start to doubt God. Faith is the substance of things asked for. Fear and faith can’t coexist. This is why the Bible tells us to call those things that be not as though they were.
The second part of the statement is paradoxical. How can there be “evidence” when something is not seen? Crazy right? But that’s exactly what faith is, it is your ability to have “evidence” of what you are believing God for. How do you declare that you are healed when the doctor says you are sick? How do you say I am strong when you are weak? You do this because you are looking at the evidence from God’s perspective. Not what the doctor says, not what your body says and certainly not what you fear.
Let us talk. How is your faith? Do a faith check