“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen….But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” ~Hebrews 11:1, 6 (NKJV)
We talk a lot about evidence for why the Bible is true. There are so many undeniable truths, facts, records, and documents that all point toward the truth and reality of Scripture. Yet, in the midst of all the evidence, we cannot deny the fact that there are still some things in the Scripture that we cannot explain. I mean, was a man really swallowed by a giant fish and then vomited onto land on the third day? Come on! Does God really expect us to believe that? Well, He does.
But here’s the thing: While the evidence of Scripture is overwhelmingly true, there is still a place where we must accept certain things by faith. In fact, the Scripture above tells us that faith itself is evidence! Now, how can that be true? How can my faith in God actually be evidence that proves He exists? I’ll tell you how.
Faith is “the evidence of things not seen” because faith is like an internal compass in our hearts that always points us back to God. If we don’t have faith, then we will purely rely on our minds to point us toward all the natural evidences for God. Yet, if we only rely on our minds, we will end up turning away from God at the first moment that something in our walk with God does not make sense. However, if we have faith, we will be able to follow and trust God, even when things do not make sense. Our faith in God continues to point our hearts toward Him even in the most difficult moments, like when we see extreme suffering in the world, when we deal with a tragic loss of a loved one, or when we encounter another type of crisis in life. People who believe in God only with their minds will turn away from Him in these circumstances, but people who believe in their hearts will stay true to Him, no matter what.
Faith is evidence in itself because faith relies on the power of our testimony. Revelation 12:11 tells us that believers overcome “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” In other words, we overcome the devices of satan and the lies of the world when we choose to stand firm on the unique testimony that each of us has regarding our walks with God. Every time we tell our testimony to others or even simply remind ourselves, we are building faith in our hearts and the hearts of those who hear. Each believer’s testimony is powerful, and no one can argue with it! This is why it is so important, when sharing about Jesus with people, not only to quote Scripture, but also to tell them how Jesus has impacted our lives personally. That, my friends, is evidence beyond doubt. When nothing else makes sense in life, our testimonies will still stand.
So put your faith in God. Study to show yourself approved. Learn all the evidences for the Scripture. Learn the reasons to believe the Bible and the resurrection. Learn how to debunk the myths and false teachings people have tried to proclaim against the Bible. But above all else, know the evidence in your own heart–the evidence that comes from a life of faith in Jesus and a testimony that no one can ever take away from you! People can tamper with and destroy physical evidence, but no one can ever steal your faith and your testimony of your relationship with Jesus.