The Christian life is to be a life of faith. We are saved by faith. And then we are called to walk by faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. It’s obviously important. So, what is faith? In Hebrews 11:1 we read “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hope. Hebrews 6:19 says “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.”
It is our hope, our confidence, our faith in God that is supposed to govern our lives. As we go through life, however, we often put our faith in anything but God. We often have more confidence in our own abilities and our own intelligence than in God’s abilities or God’s wisdom. We often have more confidence in the power of the wind and the waves surrounding us than in the power of God to keep us from going under. How do we know what we have more confidence in? Well, when a need or problem arises, where do we turn? Do we turn to God and ask Him to help us and to guide us, or do we try to figure things out ourselves? When a need or problem arises, are we filled with fear and worry, or are we filled with peace and confident expectation that God will help us?
We must truly put our hope in Him and Him alone if we desire to walk with Him. Our confidence, our faith in God, is what connects us to Him. Not merely having faith that God exists, but having faith that He is good, that He is able, that His Word is true, and that we can trust Him with our lives. This type of hope in God is the hope that enters into that within the veil, the place where God dwells. This type of hope lays hold of the presence and life of God Himself. This type of hope is anchored to God Himself, and that is how we can walk by faith, trusting Him to lead and keep us. Walking by this type of faith gives us access to the storehouses of heaven where, through the blood of Jesus Christ, God has made available to us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). All things!
What a God we serve!