It is one thing to say you believe in something, it’s another thing to act on that belief.
For example, what do you do when you’re praying, believing, but nothing seems to change, in fact, it may even be getting worse?
This is what I’m talking about. Because it’s in those moments you discover whether you have real faith, a faith that won’t quit or would even think about letting go of God’s promises, or a faith that is really no faith at all.
This is what the writer of Hebrews was referring to when he said, “Now faith (a real, genuine faith) is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1-2).
This is the kind of faith that the author of Hebrews gives us examples of. The faith of Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, and David, as well as a host of others. They were not super human in any way. They we ordinary people who trusted their extraordinary God.
That was why God strengthened them to conquer kingdoms, overcome lions, quench fires, dodge swords, and win battles when overwhelmingly outnumbered (Hebrews 11:33–34). And here’s the great news – as did they, so can we! But that will require faith.