If you know your Bible, then when I say the word "faith" you will most likely think of the fifteen-word definition found in Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." But what does that mean exactly? There really is no other definition of faith given in the entire Bible. This cryptic statement from the author of Hebrews is all we get. But the reality of faith is so much deeper than its theological definition.
In order for there to be proper harmony in a relationship, religious or otherwise, there must be a correct order in it. Any time the proper order is challenged or gets out of balance, the relationship is in jeopardy. In the same way, if we do not understand the difference between who the Creator is and who the created is in both real and experiential terms, our entire relationship with Him is at risk of spiritual cancer. If we truly want to have a dynamic and spirit-filled life we must first understand how our relationship is supposed to work.
There are many who read the Bible from cover to cover each and every year. They know the stories and can even tell you chapter and verse of many of the most famous scriptures. But is the Bible just an ancient document that contains words and historical data from times past? Or is it a living, breathing, dynamic portal to connect each and every generation to the Divine? Some say 'yes' and others say 'no.' There's only one difference between the former and the latter: The Voice.
Discovering What is Truly Real
What is "real"? How do we humans determine what's real and what isn't? Do we not define it with our five senses of touch, taste, hear, smell, and sight? As beings of a physical world, we're entrenched in the idea that if we cannot experience something within the confines of those five senses it must not be "real." The problem with that line of thinking is that it presupposes that reality is dependent on a finite creature to define it. And because we are finite creatures, we struggle with understanding the reality of something we cannot experience with our outward senses. Herein lies the disconnect we have with the Divine.
The picture of the temple grounds of ancient Israel is really the picture of our spiritual journeys. There are some who spend their time as Levitical worker bees, making constant sacrifices for God. Then there are some who spend all their time looking into the water of the Word (the Brazen Laver), increasing their knowledge of the Bible daily. And then there are others who are barely seen anywhere in the courtyard; they're behind the veil in the temple itself. The question is: which one are you?