Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen or the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen
Hebrews 11:1    

Reading:  Romans 4:1-12

Through the years I have struggled with understanding today’s key verse. What does it really mean that faith which is invisible can have substance or be as real as physical matter? I have also heard the expression that “Faith is the currency of heaven!” Really?

Then recently I listened to podcast of Cobus van Rensburg in which he used the analogy of money. He proposed that faith brings the unseen, that which we hope for, into the seen. In the same way money brings that which we desire, the thing hoped for, into our possession. 

Example. I have $100 in my hand. The shop has a bicycle that costs $100. As long as the money is in my hand the bicycle remains in the shop. When I give the money to the shopkeeper I take possession of the bicycle. It is now mine. The money made the bicycle which was ‘invisible’ while I desired it, become ‘visible’ once I exchanged money for it. In the same way, when I pray asking God for something I ask by faith, believing that God will bring the ‘invisible’ into the realm of the ‘visible’. It’s just that simple.

Our faith is like money in our hand. Only when we exchange it by prayer can we bring the invisible into the visible realm. Is that true for you?


Dear God, Teach me how to spend my portion of faith that you have already given me, in Jesus name.

For the family

You will find 13 role models in the resource below that you can discuss with your children over this month

faith role models