Hebrews 11:1 “Faith in God”


Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”


There is a well-known saying, “Seeing is believing.” People think that if they see something with their own eyes, they will believe in what they see. So, some people say, “I will believe in Jesus if He stands here before me so that I can see Him.” They are no different from Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples who also did not believe that Jesus had resurrected. He said that he would believe only if he saw Jesus with his own eyes. We know from John 20:24-29, that Jesus appeared to Thomas causing him to believe in Jesus as Lord and God.

So, why does Jesus not appear to everyone today? If He does, surely everyone in this world would believe in Him? The truth is that Jesus did appear and walk on this earth more than 2000 years ago. He carried out miracles and gave amazing teaching for three and a half years. But many chose to disbelieve Him and even thought He was a false teacher. Many have allowed their sins to blind them from the truth that is in Jesus. In fact, they hated that Jesus revealed their sins and they plotted His crucifixion. That is why God through the Bible tells us that we must have faith and believe without seeing. Heb.11;1 tells us that faith is being confident and sure about something even though we do not see anything. When we get into an airplane for a flight abroad, we have faith in the pilot and the airplane to be working well to bring us safely to our destination. We do not see the pilot nor do we see the actual mechanics of the airplane.

Heb.11 is a lesson on faith. It lists a number of people from the Bible who trusted God and His promises even though their circumstances point them in a different direction. A man believed that the Holy Spirit will soften and work on the heart of his mother. He prayed regularly for her salvation. But the more he prayed, the more she worshipped idols. At one point, she was also a temple medium. She was controlled by spirits. But he had faith in God and he kept praying for his mother’s salvation. After many years, God answered his prayers and one day, his mother surprised him by wanting to believe in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Only God has the power to bring about this change in his mother. In this example, this man’s mother was a temple medium. She was known to have spiritual powers that can only come from evil forces. She could go into trances and summon up spirits. Many people would think that there was no way she would reject her worship of idols. But this woman’s son had faith and he was confident that God is greater than all the dark forces combined. And God rewarded his faith.


Let us pray: Heavenly Father, you are worthy of all our worship. May our faith remain strong as we put our trust in your blessed Word. No matter the circumstances, may we remain firm in you. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.



  1. Are you losing your faith in God about something? What is it?
  2. No matter what your circumstances may be, what promises in the Bible can you hold onto and trust in God?
  3. Read Heb.11. Think of all the people listed in this chapter. Think of what God had called them to believe and how challenging that was. And they believed. What about you?
  4. Is God asking you to do something? Will you believe that He will enable you?