Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
According to the EY Future Consumer Index Survey, released last August, 80% of consumers across Canada are preparing to hunker down for a long financial squeeze, amid growing financial concern. Over half of households expect their living costs to continue trekking upwards, as concerns over personal finances affect all income levels. As the cost of living rises, consumers are seeking new methods of conscious consumption by repairing their belongings rather than replacing them, buying second-hand products, and cutting back on the amount of food they waste or toss.
Non-Christians often accuse Christians of blind faith, as if our faith in Jesus has no historical basis and doesn’t make any logical sense. The entire area of theology known as apologetics refutes this – one of the unique features of the Christian faith and the Bible is that it is based on verifiable historical and geographical record. Our faith is anything but blind. This is why the author of Hebrews wrote this in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” The heart of Christianity is faith – we are saved by faith, we walk with Jesus daily by faith, our hope for the future is by faith. The Bible is clear that without faith it is impossible to please God. What the author of Hebrews is saying is that our faith is not blind – it is hope and assurance. It is by faith we meet Jesus and His presence in our lives becomes a reality. It is this that gives us the confidence that the future is assured and gives us the assurance of what we cannot see. This is Christian faith and it is far from blind.
These have been words from the heart.