The writer to the Hebrews said that 'faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen', but faith, by it's very definition was never a blind faith, but a strong, vociferous belief in something that you know, without doubt, to be true!
That God is, is without doubt!
A good friend of mine recently stated that two words describe our relation to God; 'thank' and 'you'. This says it all; first, our saying this acknowledges our belief that there is an Almighty God that we should thank for our very existence, and second, that we should praise Him that He is our Father, and most willing to be in relation with us!
Our faith is in what IS, what was, and what always shall ( will ) be! Our faith is not in something imagined, but in Someone that can be proven; that Someone who designed and built our universe, Who brought all created things into existence through the power of His Word. Our faith is, in a sense, the sense of the quote from Hebrews 11, 'the evidence of things not seen', but, with the truth that has been revealed through 'Fulfilled', or 'Realized Eschatology', we do see these things, not only as fulfilled, but as gloriously present, and happening before our eyes!
I was recently rehearsing to a good friend of mine, how awesome it is that God has chosen to set us in such circumstances and insert certain people into our lives at such a point to lead to His ultimate and maximum glory; it is both extremely gratifying and humbling when a Plan comes together!
Although we do have faith in what is 'not seen'; we also have a firm belief because of what IS 'seen': as Paul told the Roman Church ( Christians ), 'since the creation of the world His invisible [ attributes ] are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made'! By the beauty of the natural creation ( people, as well as scenery ), we KNOW that He is intelligent, and that He designed ALL for His glory! Discussing with a good friend tonight; I was reminded of a phrase that another friend of mine coined a few years ago, 'God draws straight, with crooked lines'! How true this statement is; you could hardly ask for a better example than me ( to be honest; I know I'm not the best, or worst )! God truly does not rely on our acquiescence to fulfill His purposes through us!
Another friend of mine recently. restated that 'sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right place': I couldn't have stated it better, God uses even the 'bad' choices that we make to lead us to the place that He wants us. This is not to alleviate our responsibility, to say nothing of our respons'ability', for the wrong-doings that we have committed, but God, knowing all things, uses our 'free-will choice' to lead us to His will, to accomplish the purposes which He had determined 'before the world was' ( John 17:5 ). This is 'a reasonable faith'; that all our actions, right and wrong, are used by God for the glory and advancement of His Kingdom!
If our actions are wrong, we do bring shame ( in our minds, anyway ) to the Name, but, in all reality, God uses even our wrong actions ( not to excuse them ) to bring glory to His name.
We naturally think; 'how could our wrong actions, our disobedience ( as in the case of Adam & Eve ), bring Him glory?'
In the case of Adam & Eve, for instance; their disobedience requisitioned the Redeemer ( 'He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel'- Genesis 3:15b ), the plan which God had made 'before the foundation of the world' ( John 17:24 ). Their actions brought death to their progeny, but they also brought Light and Life to their progeny, to us! Our faith, or to put it more correctly, 'the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God' ( Ephesians 4:13 ) , works that God's 'declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [ things ] that are not [ yet ] done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure'. Not to excuse our wrong actions, for wrong actions will undoubtedly come; our actions bring about God's Kingdom 'on earth as [ it is] in heaven' ( Luke 11:2 )! This is not something that puritanical, evangelical Christians like to countenance, but, like it or not; God's will is done, and it is done through the weakness of the sons of men, mere human beings!
Charles Haddon Shank