Let’s begin with a question. What is faith? This question is pertinent. In the Bible we find these words in Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. We have to answer that question at the start. Allow me to provide a definition of faith. It is believing that God is real and you can trust in what He promises. God is real and He is the One who keeps His every promise.
There is more. We have placed both our minds on what faith is. Read the next words in that verse: the entire universe was formed at God’s command. This brings the question; What constitutes the “entire universe”? Another name for universe is cosmos. That means all existing matter and space. One way science describes the universe is that it is at least 10 billion light years in size (that’s nine zeros). The words “at least” could be expressed as “we think”. Here’s my attempt to describe the universe; it is massive beyond what we can understand. Science has also speculated that the universe began with a “big bang”.
Now, we synthesize all of this with verse 3. God exists. The massive universe was formed at His command. You’ve already read the last words of verse three. Here they are again; what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. God spoke, BANG. All we see now, today, came from nothing that can be seen. That baffles the mind. Isaiah, the prophet, adds authority to verse three. He wrote these words a long time before Hebrews. Isaiah clarifies that creating the universe is an easy task for God. He said, For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the Lord,” he says, “and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18
Perhaps these passages of scripture do not reach your inner core of conviction. Consider the visible evidence. It is simple. All humans enjoy it. It’s beauty. Go outside on any day. Choose the weather you prefer first. Then look up at the sky. Cloudy or sunny find the beauty. It’s there. Walk to a tree. Touch the bark. Look around, check to see no one is watching. Now put your chin on the bark. Look up into the branches. Can you see the beauty? On the same day or the next; take a walk. Look at the natural things in your surroundings. Search for something you like to look at. Now study that thing. You were delighting in beauty. It’s in a falling snow crystal, a sunrise or sunset, it’s in the bloom of a spring flower. Beauty is in the call of a loon, a robin, or a cardinal. Where did beauty come from? Consider this answer found in 1 Chronicles 16:27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Majesty is impressive stateliness; or beauty. When you are outside next, use your eyes to seek beauty. You will be witnessing the hand of God. It gives us something to think about, doesn’t it?