Now the things hoped for are the promises of God. They are “the things promised” (v. 13) or “what was promised” (v. 39).
The things hoped for, the promises of God, are yet future. The reality is in the present; but the things hoped for are in the future. Thus, faith is the present reality of future things. Faith does not produce this reality in the present. Rather, faith is the ground or reality of the future in the present.
How can faith be the reality of things hoped for? Faith is the present reality of future things because God is faithful. That is what the writer said about Sarah. “By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:11). Sarah believed she will have a baby because she considered God faithful. God is true to His promises.
Hence, the basis of faith is the promises of God. It is not faith in faith, but faith in the promises of God. We trust God because God is faithful to His promises.
“Over in Burma, Judson was lying in a foul jail with 32 lbs. of chains on his ankles, his feet bound to a bamboo pole. A fellow prisoner said, “Dr. Judson, what about the prospect of the conversion of the heathen?,” with a sneer on his face.
His instant reply was, “The prospects are just as bright as the promises of God.”
Today, there are over 1.6 million members in 4,929 churches of the Myanmar Baptist Convention–the result of the faith and hard work of Adoniram Judson.
By faith, we claim the reality of future things in the present—because God is faithful. People of faith in Hebrews 11 did not receive the things promised by God. But they looked forward to it and claimed it by faith. Faith is the reality of things yet unreceived. Faith is the actuality of the promises of God yet unrealized.
 Sermon Illustrations: Faith, Sermonillustrations.com. Cited Jan. 16, 2016. Online : http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/f/faith.htm/