Faith is the opposite of sight. It does not see how God’s promises will be fulfilled, but trusts that they will through hope. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Rom. 8:24-25). The Hebrew believers were encouraged to patiently wait for the promise(s) of God in the midst of their tribulation. “It was by such a faith as this that these elders knew that things were not what they seemed, and therefore did not judge by sight of the outward eye.” They were to keep their eyes off of their situation and keep them on the Savior.
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 E.W. Bullinger. Great Cloud of Witnesses in Hebrews Eleven. (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregal, 1979), 14.