Hebrews 11; faith (and hope)

Hebrews 11 gives us multiple good examples of faithful lives and faith walks.  It also gives us a definition of faith, namely, the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.  Hope, as illustrated in Romans 8, is described as waiting eagerly and perseveringly for the fulfillment of a promise.  What do faith and hope have in common?  Their object in both instances is “not seen”.  The fact that their object is not seen does not imply that it is not real, only that it is not yet realized (in full).  Ecclesiastes 3 states that “God has placed eternity in our hearts”.  Of this longing and desire that remains unfulfilled by earthly things or experiences CS Lewis implies that this is a longing for our “true country” and is evidence of something more meant to fulfill it.  This something more is the stuff of our faith and hope…the drive in us God keeps alive by His walking with and revealing to us bits of Himself day by day until we see Him face to face.

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