“But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him…” (Hebrews 11:6, AMP)
Faith is the currency we trade with in our walk with God. We don’t see God yet we believe He exists and He rewards us as we earnestly and diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) says that “Faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experience by the physical senses]”
Faith is the title deed you have about the things you hope for in this world. Mariam Webster dictionary defines title deed as the deed constituting the evidence of a person’s legal ownership. I went further to search for deed; a legal document that shows who owns a building or piece of land. Normally, deed is a signed and sealed instrument. When you have title deed it means that you own the property and no one can steal it or take it away from you. Having considered the above definitions, we can conclude that Faith is your signed and sealed instrument constituting the evidence of your legal ownership of the things you hope for, and the evidence of things not seen.
Assuming you are in dying need of $1000 and a wealthy friend gives you an instrument (for instance a cheque) which bears $1000 in your name. The cheque becomes the assurance or confirmation of the $1000 you hope for but it’s a crossed cheque so you have to deposit into your account before you can transact with it. This means that you have not seen $1000 cash but the cheque is evidence that you have $1000. Normally, you don’t pause to consider whether your friend has enough money in his account but you just believe because of your perception about his wealth. Therefore you walk home with smile on your face after thanking him for giving you a cheque of $1000 (that can be dishonoured by his banker).
Faith makes you give thanks in advance for what is yet to be experience by the physical senses.
Another point to consider is that Faith without deeds is dead. Having the $1000 cheque bearing your name doesn’t mean you have $1000 cash. You have to take steps to cash the cheque; that is going to the banker with the cheque, as well as exercising little patience while the banker checks security features of the cheque before honouring the cheque. The process you go through involves waiting.
When you have Faith in God, you WAIT for His timing because you believe that in a little while your request would be granted.
Waiting doesn’t mean you won’t have the money but it allows the banker to check the drawer’s balance, his signature, other mandates before transferring $1000 into your account. Sometimes it takes up-to three working days before the process is complete. If you don’t act on your Faith, holding the cheque wouldn’t make you any better because it is $1000 in another form, not cash. You can’t use the cheque to make payments as it’s closed and only you can withdraw which is why it is important that you take steps to get the money transferred into your account. If you wait any longer, the value of the money may fall.
Friend, we walk by faith and not by sight. It is good to have faith but in order to have your requests granted, you have to act on your faith. And as you act on your faith, expect that you may have to wait for a little while. The scripture says that if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. (Romans 8:25, NLT). Start acting on your Faith today.