Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. Hebrews 11:1 AMP
I’ve thought quite a bit about “faith” over the years. After more than fifty years in the Christian music business, you might assume that I’m a trained musician just like you, but I’m not. My degree is in mathematics with a lot of coursework in physics. As a college student, I really did intend to be a space scientist who sent people to the moon and back. I quickly learned that accomplishing that mission would require a lot of “faith” in the things I was learning about gravity, lift, and rocket propulsion.
Whether we realize it or not, we all “live by faith” in a lot of “unseen” things every day. Do you ever consciously “doubt” that everyone on your side of the freeway is going to be going in the same direction? If you fly on airplanes often like I did for many years, do you doubt the physics of aeronautical lift or the global air traffic control system? Of course not. If you didn’t have basic “faith” operating within you each day, you simply could not function.
As you read the verse above, allow me to re-state it in a simple way:
“Faith is being sure of what you hope for and absolutely certain of what you do not see.”
You have faith when you drive or fly because you are willing act on the hope that someone has figured out what you and those around you need even though you can’t “see it.” What you have been told or read about freeways and air travel has become real enough to put your life at risk. And of course, your “faith” grows as you see the promised results come to pass.
Faith in God works the same way. The Bible tells us that faith “comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).” Every day you have the opportunity to hear or read and then believe what God says—and act accordingly. Or you can listen to talking heads on TV or some podcast and let those words guide your thoughts and actions.
As you walk through today, pay attention to your attitudes and responses to whatever comes your way. If your day is marked by fear, doubt, distress, and concern, it’s time to spend more time hearing God’s Word. Fill your heart and mind with His promises and watch real faith come alive.
Then let that sure, rock-solid, immovable, and contagious faith direct every word you write or lyric you choose to sing. We will all benefit from hearing those songs, and your reward for that kind of faith is well worth the effort (Hebrews 11:5-6).