Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The word “hope” here goes way beyond the same concept of “hope” we have in English because it is literally “a knowing assurance based on spiritual truth as evidence.” But one can only operate in that kind of hope with a mindset that is literally “renewed.” How else can you place faith in something impossible to everyone else around you? When you’ve been told there is no hope, there is only hope to line yourself up in the place God calls righteousness. That only comes in a right relationship with God. And a right relationship can be tenuous unless it is fed that substance called faith.
The bible states that it is impossible to please God without faith. Living a life of faith requires trust in what many will call crazy. But, you know what? I would rather be called crazy than miss out on all the blessings God has for me.