What is the difference between hope and faith? What is Hope – Part 2
Faith and Hope Explained
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for – Hebrews 11:1
I’m pretty stoked about this post because I was personally inspired and encouraged when I started asking the question, “What is the difference between hope and faith?”
Did you know that you can have faith without having hope, and that you can also have hope without having faith? They do not automatically go hand in hand, but when you really understand what is the difference between hope and faith, you’ll see the dramatic impact that activating them both in your life can have.
Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for. If you’re anything like me, that sounds really cool, but the actual meaning of it seems a little too abstract and intangible to get a whole lot of real world application out of it.
Since I’m a word picture kind of guy, that’s what we’re going to do here. Let’s break this simple phrase into a real world scenario. We’ll start by thinking of something we are hoping for.
For the sake of the illustration, we’ll pretend that we’re all hoping for a bicycle. In this scenario, the bicycle is the ‘thing hoped for’.
If we revisit the verse, we could now say that faith is the substance of the bicycle I want.
Next, we’ll examine the one word that’s perhaps the trickiest, ‘substance’. In the dictionary, substance is defined as: a fundamental part, or the physical material of which something is made. In the Jeremy everyday common sense dictionary, that means the parts and pieces of something.
Let’s take another look at the verse now. Faith is the all the pieces and parts of the bicycle I want.
Faith, in my experience, is the easiest part of the verse. The dictionary describes faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence. (NO evidence – that’s a blog for another day) From a Christian perspective, that is a firm belief and trust in God.
Now our verse reads: My belief and trust in God (faith) makes up all the pieces and parts (substance) of the bicycle I want (hoped for thing).
What are you hoping for today? Your belief and trust in God are going to make up all of the pieces and parts that bring that hope into reality.
Hope is the possibility that inspires us to activate the potential of our faith. This is why it’s so important for us to understand what is the difference between hope and faith.
There are too many people who have faith, but don’t understand why they are so sad and depressed. A lot of times it’s because they don’t have any hope to inspire and activate that faith.
On the other hand, I’ve also met people who were sad and depressed because they hoped for many things, but had faith for none.
Hope and faith are like two interconnected links of the same chain. Together, they bridge the gap between the life we have and the life we desire.
What are you hoping for?
— Jeremy Binns (@Jeremy_Binns) October 3, 2012
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