It wasn’t until just this morning, as I was praying, that I saw this in Hebrews 11:1.
(Heb 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I’d always seen and talked about our faith being the substance of things hoped for. In other words, without hope, there is no substance to our faith. If we want strong faith, we must also have strong hope. That seems clear to me. But it was the next part of the scripture that really stuck out to me this morning: faith is the evidence of things not seen.
Think about it, faith is the evidence of things not seen. If you are living your life with weak faith, then you are living it with weak evidence. When I looked up the word “evidence” in the Greek, it’s the word “elenchos” and it means “proof, conviction (Strong’s).” Then it hit me, my faith is my proof, it’s my conviction, of what I still haven’t seen. So, whatever I ask when I pray, believing, I will receive (Matt 21:22). My believing becomes my proof, my evidence, that I will receive (lambano, receive, get a hold of) what I’ve asked for.