It’s easy to trust in things that we can see. However, Christianity asks us to put faith in someone we can’t see: God. It’s a big ask, isn’t it?
The writer to the Hebrews defines faith as, “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Our hope has substance, though we cannot see it. The Bible gives a consistent and compelling picture of God’s purposes for the world, his plan of salvation through Jesus, which culminates in Christ’s return and the promise of a new heavens and a new earth.
One of the best ways to sustain our hope is to read the Bible: allowing God to show us who he is and what is doing in the world. Hebrews 11 is a good place to start. It lists examples of the “ancients”, people of God who demonstrated faith during their lives.
But the writer to the Hebrews also points us to something we can see: the creation. Everywhere we look on this beautiful planet we are surrounded by physical reminders of the power and wisdom of God. And in the midst of this creation God is at work, in our lives, in our world.
May our hope grow and be sustained today by everything we are experiencing of God, and everything the Bible promises for us in Christ.