What We Now See Did Not Come From Anything That Can Be Seen

3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Hebrews 11:3(NLT)

If you have been reading my articles for the past 2 days, you should have realized by now that I am now doing a series on Hebrews 11. I like this chapter because it is not only full of definitions on faith but also contain practical applications on how to make faith works. Faith is supposed to work. It is meant to produce results in our lives. Faith that does not work is not faith. It is nothing more than empty dreams and superstitions.

Let us proceed to the above verse. The first part of Hebrews 11:3 says by faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command. Please note that it does not say we know that God made this universe. Even many people who do not believe in Jesus know it. It does not take faith to know it.

However, it requires faith to understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command. There are 2 key words here, “understand” and “command”. What does it mean to understand? Let us look at the definition from the dictionary. Below is the definition I get from Dictionary.com:

un·der·stand /ˌʌndərˈstænd/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[uhn-der-stand] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -stood, -stand·ing.
–verb (used with object) 1. to perceive the meaning of; grasp the idea of; comprehend: to understand Spanish; I didn’t understand your question.
2. to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of: to understand a trade.
3. to assign a meaning to; interpret: He understood her suggestion as a complaint.
4. to grasp the significance, implications, or importance of: He does not understand responsibility.
5. to regard as firmly communicated; take as agreed or settled: I understand that you will repay this loan in 30 days.
6. to learn or hear: I understand that you are going out of town.
7. to accept as true; believe: I understand that you are trying to be truthful, but you are wrong.
8. to construe in a particular way: You are to understand the phrase literally.
9. to supply mentally (something that is not expressed).

This means to understand something is more than knowing. It is about perceiving the meaning, to comprehend, be familiar in, to assign meaning to, to grasp the significance etc. Based on the first part of Hebrews 11:3 we need faith to understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command. What is there to understand?

If you are a physicist working for your Nobel Prize, you must realize that God knows more about this universe than you do because he made it from scratch. Don’t you think that a person who built a machine from scratch knows every part of this machine? Well, God made this universe. This makes him the best person for you to consult if you are interested in forming a breakthrough theory for your Nobel Prize. He must have a lot of theories that are not yet discovered in his drawers. Therefore, spending time with God should be a part of your Nobel Prize effort. This is the result of understanding God made this universe.

Likewise if you happen to be working on a cure for cancer. Since God made the human body he must know how it works and how to activate its defense mechanism. When you pray, remember to ask him what to do. You will find yourself advancing ahead of your peers in discovering new drugs that works in saving lives. They may suspect that you might be getting the answers supernaturally and they are right. Then you can tell them about the source of your answers.

If you are a businessman, you have to understand that God know how to make profit. He knows how to price your products, which group of people to market to, how to get the best employees, where to get the best supplies and anything else you need to know. He knows how to make $1,000,000 from $1. The most profitable thing you should do is to spend time praying to God.

The above are only a few examples on understanding the first part of Hebrews 11:3. It applies to all of us no matter what profession we are working in or what areas in life we are interested to develop in. God knows them all and as believers we have access to all his knowledge for our prosperity. It is silly for us not to take advantage of it. Unlike the religious people, we do not pray as a religious ritual. We pray to take advantage of the provision that our God has generously given to us.

The other key word here is “command”.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command.

What is that? If you look at the first chapter of Genesis, you will find that God made this universe by speaking to it. His spoken words made the universe.

3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Genesis 1:3 (NLT)

Since we are made in the image of God and become the children of God through Jesus’s works at the Cross, our spoken words will also make our universe. Our tongues have the power to determine what type of future we are going to get. I have written another article entitled, “Your Tongue Controls Your Destiny” that has full details on the relationship between your tongue and your future. I suggest you read it if you are interested in what God has to say about controlling your tongue.

Let us go to the second part of the verse.

3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Hebrews 11:3(NLT)

The second part of the above verse tells us what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. What we can see now represents our physical world. This is the world that is accessible with our senses. We can see, hear and feel this world. Unfortunately, this is also an imperfect world. It is full of lack, sickness, death and other imperfection.

There is also another world that exists in parallel to the physical world. This is called the spiritual world. In this spiritual world all believers are blessed in every spiritual blessings.

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Ephesians 1:3(NLT)

Spiritually we are all blessed. In the spiritual world we have perfect health because Jesus took all our diseases at the Cross. In the spiritual world we are all rich because Jesus died poor for us to live rich. In this spiritual world, there is nothing we cannot achieve. There is no limit on how rich and powerful we can be. Nothing can stop nor limit us.

However, we cannot benefit from them unless we can bring these spiritual blessings to the physical world we live in. The bridge that links the spiritual world to the physical world (or from the unseen to the seen) is faith.

It is through faith that we can channel the spiritual blessings from God to the world we live in. Without faith, all our spiritual blessings will remain spiritual forever and will never benefit us. I have mentioned this in my earlier articles but I think it is worth repeating. It does not matter what you have lost. As long as you don’t lose your faith, you are in position to get back everything you have lost plus much more.


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