“Seeing” and Grasping Faith
(WEB) Psalms 37:4-5 –
4 Also delight yourself in YHWH, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to YHWH. Trust also in him, and he will do this: 6 he will make your righteousness go out as the light, and your justice as the noon day sun.
According to Strong’s Concordance, faith (#530) is the Hebrew word emunah which simply means firm-ness of support.
We are spiritual beings having physical life experiences. Although we are brought into this physical world with spiritual inclinations, this state of existence usually isn’t nurtured and more often neglected. This neglect of spiritual capability results in being locked into carnal perception of what one can only physically see, taste, touch, hear, or smell: the nature of faith is beyond the physical senses.
I think the previously mentioned passage speaks on what faith truly is: a commitment, a spiritual relationship with YHWH built on trust that, if you keep his laws and commandments, he will guide, protect, save, and provide for you. There are so many testimonies of this in the Holy Book, but sometimes it isn’t fully understood until experienced personally.
YHWH’s ways can be a mystery if one is not open to receiving understanding from him. Whatever the case, YHWH is effective in getting his points across. Sometimes he communicates through dreams and sometimes through heavenly or earthly messengers. Sometimes YHWH communicates through a guiding voice that you randomly hear and sometimes through events. Ultimately, it builds trust in YHWH as he shows what he will do in the future, or reflection on what he has done in the past, and where it places you in the present. Faith in YHWH is not about “blind belief”, it is rooted in knowing and receiving communication from him that he will do what he states and witnessing the manifestation of his promise(s) in the physical realm.
I encourage you to review a few verses, or as many as you desire, especially in Psalms and Isaiah, and everywhere you see emunah (H530) use the word ‘support’ or ‘firm’, or a variation/combination of the two words and see how it makes an entire world of concrete sense.