We can’t have faith without hope, and we can’t have hope without faith. They go together because faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. The reality is this: the unseen world is the real world, and this world we live in is the created world. God is the ultimate creator. He created what we see out of what we don’t see.
We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Why should you look at things that are not seen instead of things that are seen? Because the things that are seen are usually a problem. You see the debt, you see the sickness, you see the doctor’s report, you see the problems of life that are all in the realm of the seen. God’s Word says, “For the things which are seen are temporary…” Your problems, whether you see it that way or not, are temporary, “…but the things which are not seen are eternal.” So the eternal world, which will be here forever, is the realm you cannot see now.
In the realm of the unseen is the solution to the problem you have here in the realm of the seen. God has the answer to your dilemma in the realm of the unseen. To be clear, your problem is here in the realm of the seen. The question is, how do you reach into the realm of the unseen to get the solution for the problem you have here on earth and bring the solution back to the physical realm where it will benefit you? The answer has to do with your confession.
What we say regulates what moves back and forth between the realm of the seen and the realm of the unseen. Hope and faith work together, but we have to understand that faith is a substance in the realm of the unseen. That substance called faith is the solution to the problem. That’s why Paul said, when writing to the church at Corinth, that we must walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). What did he mean? He meant as Christians, we must live our lives based upon what God says instead of what we see. When His Word says one thing and our eyes see something different, then we must choose to act on His Word instead of our sight.
If you make decisions in life based upon what you see, you are going to have a life of chaos because you are going to live a reactionary life—a life where you are constantly reacting to something that is happening.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (Romans 8:25).