This statement sounds spiritual and makes a wonderful feel-good meme on Facebook, but it’s based on faulty theology. Let’s take a look at what the Bible teaches about faith.
Hebrews 11, the faith chapter, gives us the Biblical definition of faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Biblical faith, just like Biblical hope, is a confident certainty.
How do we know this is true?
Romans 4 outlines the pattern of faith through the life of Abraham. In verse 17, Paul describes Abraham’s faith in God, who “calleth those things which be not as though they were.” In other words, God’s promise is true and real, even if it hasn’t happened yet. Abraham’s faith was not in some future, not-yet-true event. His faith was in God, who is able to act on his promise.