Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as two things. The first is a confidence that what we hope for will actually happen, the substance of our hope. Tommy says, “protective equipment is the difference between being terrified and being completely confident.” Through the use of a helmet and pads, he is able to be more daring and ultimately successful. Without them, he would be limited by his own fear. This is what faith can do for us.
Second, faith is the evidence of things we cannot see. Tommy relies on sounds as he skates blind. The sounds of his wheels give him information about things that could be in his way, and give him a sense of direction. Spiritually, faith allows us to see what’s ahead, and gives us a sense of long-term direction. Faith encourages us, and gives us the courage to be what we could not be alone. Tommy describes learning a new, scary trick and the feeling of relief and satisfaction that comes from taking a risk and eventually succeeding. God promises us this when we act on faith.
So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing (2 Corinthians 5:6-7).