This is not the trite, "HAVE FAITH IN GOD TO WITHSTAND THESE TRYING DAYS" diatribe. If it were, I might as well not be writing... because you probably wouldn't be reading... because you've heard that all your life, as a standby in all situations, I would think!
No! I want to introduce you to Faith in a way you may have never known or realized.
Is Faith a thought, an idea, or maybe a deep feeling inside us that makes us goose bumpy? Is Faith the the comfort we have when Grandpa dies, because we know he is going to heaven? Is Faith the thing that makes us believe in Jesus?
God says that Faith is a substance. God says that He framed the world with Faith. God says He made the world with Faith. But, you say, God just spoke and the world was here. It says so in Genesis, in the very first words of the Bible!
Genesis 1:3 (King James Version)
3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Right! But what happened before that? Let's just think about this for a minute. God did not create this world and the universe because he was lonely, like Bill Cosby's 1960's comedy sketch about the creation portrays. He created it because He wanted to! Our world is not the first thing He ever created, as our minds lead us to believe as children, and it sure is not the last!
God calls himself the CREATOR of all things. Like Michelangelo, the painter who painted all during his life, so is God the creator, who creates all the time! Our little universe and world is probably nothing more than a science project to Him, that He put together on his kitchen table!
I am not being flippant about Almighty God. I am simply putting our world into perspective as to what it really is, using terminology we all understand.
Now...follow me here. If you (yourself) were going to create a project, you would assemble the products needed and perhaps lay them out on your kitchen table. Right? OK. What would you have? You'd have the implements necessary for your soon-to-be-creation... maybe some paint, a brush, some clay, or pieces of wood and a few nails. You'd have something in front of you to work with. You might even have a pen and paper to draw a sketch of your idea before making it.
We are made in the image of God. That means, we are pretty much like Him in many ways. When He breathed His breath into us, it gave us life with the ability to do things like God does. We can create stuff too, but we use stuff already created by Him, to create our stuff. Got it? We can use our minds to create things too, only we have to use God's stuff, to put together what we call our... "creations"!
OK. So that brings us back to "the drawing board" of God. There He sits, ready to undertake His creation project...our universe and entire world! God sits there, with all the stuff He needs to do it, in front of Him. God doesn't want us to be ignorant of His ways, so He even tells us what that stuff is! God tells us in the Bible what that stuff is. He tells us right there in Hebrews! He had Paul write it down just for us!
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Wow! God says that Faith is an actual substance.
Let's see what is the definition of substance:
1 : essential nature : essence : a fundamental or characteristic part or quality 2 : physical material of which something is made or which has discrete existence b: matter of particular or definite chemical constitution.
We can only take God at His word! Faith is actually stuff! It is like...well, like God's clay!
This is as far as I can go tonight. I will be back tomorrow morning to finish this thought and show you how we can use our Faith, the Faith (that stuff) that actually created the world, to help us in this time of turmoil and economic trouble. I'll give you a hint...WE CAN CREATE A PART OF OUR LIFE WITH THE FAITH GOD GAVE TO US! Crazy? No! It is Faith! This is the very essence of life! Faith is essence!
Hebrews 11:3 (English Standard Version)The King James Version says the same thing, but the ESV puts the above in very clear terms.
"By faith" does not mean our faith. The faith Paul talks about is GOD'S FAITH!... the stuff!...the substance!
The Greek translation of this passage reads more like: "We understand that the Universe was created by faith, by the word of God, so that what is seen, was not made out of things that are visible."