See I know that faith is what creates room in us for God to move in and through us, faith is when we create capacity for God. Where there is no existence of faith, it is an evidence that there is unawareness of the knowledge of God concerning our lives. So if we are unaware of God’s word concerning our lives we cannot partner with Him because we will not recognize His promises. Without faith we cannot glorify God.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” From this I surely know that there is two things about faith; faith is the substance of things hoped for, it doesn’t say that faith is things hoped for. There is a difference between substance and things hoped for; there is a difference between substance and expectations.
Substance can also be translated as a foundation. In MSG Bible version, Hebrews 11:1-2, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”
Now in construction we know that the strength of a building lies in the foundation, basically the foundation is what anchors a building and without a strong foundation a structure will collapse when other forces are in action likes of earthquake, wind, storm, etc. Therefore if substance is speaking of foundation then we can say that faith is the foundation of things hoped for which means that there is a kind of expectation that God will back it up with substance. And we know that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. The word of God doesn’t mean that the word of God will come to you audibly, or like with these sound effects we usually hear on movies and tell you exactly what you need to do but it can means that this word of God can come to you as a form of inspiration, instinct, divine strategy, creativity, wisdom or anything else that can pushes your expectations to the place of manifestation. So God is responsible for the foundation when the expectations you have is what He is building. And when we isolate the two, substance and expectation, we recognize that expectations can come from many ways; expectation can come from the Spirit of God or it can also come from fear; expectations can also come from societal pressure and it can come from so many outlets that it’s outside of God’s will.
No wonder most of us when we look back we find that some of our expectations were not fulfilled and we feel disappointed by God, but in realities our expectations came out of something else rather than from God’s perspective. Your expectations should align with His Spirit, it should not come from your fears, pride, ego or your need but it should come from the Spirit of God.
Finally, faith works in a mysterious ways, when you have faith you must realize that; God heard you the first time: Often times we get discouraged in prayer because we feel like we have been hitting roadblocks after roadblocks and nothing is happening. We even pray and fast for days, weeks, months but all is in vain and we might end up questioning God if He is really hearing us. Sometimes prayer is not about changing the situation but it’s about changing you because, God doesn’t even need a second to move, but He needs a person to receive and to carry the weight of the outcome.
“Sometimes we are so focused on the outcome that we don’t realize that every blessing is a responsibility, every blessing has a weight attached to it. It’s not about us. Because every time God blesses you, you become a vessel to bless another person and so if the Holy Spirit and the resources in Heaven is going to back-up your life, God sometimes will allow circumstances to exercise your muscle of endurance, patient… because when He opens the door if those things were not worked in you – if you only goal is the finish line, when you get to the finish line you will go home, but there are other things to do at the finish line – and so if you don’t have patient, endurance and a relentless nature about you, when the blessings comes it will become a burden to you.” – Pastor Stephanie Ike