Hebrews 11:1 is the classic definition of faith: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
I like that link between faith and hope. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is forward looking. Faith knows that there’s a future, and that it’s a great future.
That forward-lookingness is based, however, on a Person. It’s based on God. We don’t believe things will all work out because we have good karma. We don’t believe everything will be fine because the world is actually maya, an illusion, and so who cares anyway? We don’t believe because we think man is on a steady course of moral progress.
No. We believe and have hope in the future because WE BELIEVE THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL. We believe that God is the Sovereign of the Universe. We believe that he’s good. That he’s loving. That he’s powerful.
Our faith is based on nothing less than the person of God himself.
That’s comforting to me. My faith isn’t based on me. Or on other people. Or on the church. All those things can fail. In fact, when my faith itself is rocky, I can have hope – because God is the Solid Rock. He is my foundation. He is the one who keeps me secure. My security and future and hope are in his hands – and he has wonderfully strong hands. They bear the scars to prove it.