Archive for December 12th, 2022

Advent … Day 16 of 29

Week 3

Faith is … the substance of things …

Social media had told me to google the words faith is, then see how the sentence is completed, and the above is how my sentence was finished.

the substance of things …

Perhaps (probably) I had been googling what faith is at some point and the technology remembered my search. Whatever the case that led Google to complete my sentence I like it. Mainly I like it because the sentence is still not complete.

Faith is the substance of things … it is like saying faith is the stuff of stuff.

What Google is leading me to is the well-known verse in Hebrews 11:1 :

Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is what we are hoping for, what we are dreaming of, but is yet to be in our direct sight.

It is a little bit like children waiting for Santa to deliver a special toy at Christmas. This child knows what they want, what they hope for, but it is not yet in their clutches, their possession. They think of it, dream of it, anticipate how life will improve when they have it … but it is still just a dream, just a hoped-for thing. Because they want it so badly, they not only hope, but believe it will one day be theirs … they have faith in it breeds hope.

That is what advent should be for each of us, faith that breeds hope.


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