“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
(Heb 11:1 )
The verse above has been the subject of several interpretations, many of them inaccurate. Many people believe that faith is simply the ticket to a hassle-free life that provides them with every single thing that they desire. But if such people would simply read Hebrews 11 until the end, they would see people who lost their lives for the sake of the gospel still counted among the heroes of faith.
So, what really is faith? Faith is strength in the face of challenges. A person of faith doesn’t question God’s existence because they are going through a hard time. Isaiah 26:3 says: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
A man who has faith is one whose confidence in God. He/she is not agitated by persecution or poverty. Nothing perturbs a Christian. Notice here, that I am not talking about mediocrity. Some Christians don’t want to work hard; they don’t develop themselves, and stay stuck in situations that they shouldn’t be in because they believe it’s God’s will. That’s not what we are advocating here.
The lesson is trust, not mediocrity. A mediocre has things within his power he should be doing to succeed but doesn’t do them. The man in Christ, after doing everything within his power, leaves the rest to God.
Hebrews 11:36,37 says: “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;”
Those who received their dead back to life were also heroes of faith (Hebrews 11:35), but so were those who remained strong in the face of trials!