“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 11 is in many ways a record of faith. The writer of Hebrews takes time throughout the chapter tracing back those in the Bible who lived by faith. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and so on are mentioned throughout the chapter. People who lived by faith.
That first verse of the chapter is an important one. Those people who are listed afterwards are examples of what that first verse is talking about. Some things I want to highlight are hope and faith. It is important to have hope. When circumstances are rough, when times are tough, when you are hurt and brought down, it is important to have hope. We are able to have hope because of God. God is always there and will never leave us or forsake us. He will never hurt us. He will never let us down. He will never betray us. People can let us down. People can hurt us. But God won’t let us down or hurt us. He’s there to heal us.
Like the writer of Hebrews says, faith is the assurance of things hoped for. By faith, we can follow Christ and serve Him. We can trust Him that He wants what’s best for us and He will reveal what that is. The writer gives example after example of those in the Bible who, like us, had hope and acted on it through faith.
Let me encourage you (and myself as well). Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith. Keep persevering in the faith. Keep following Jesus. Be assured that faith and hope in Him is well founded.