For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (Rom 4:13)
What do we get when we have faith? Is there anything tangible about it? Can we grasp it in our hand and say "look, I have faith"? Of course not! The word "faith" is defined as "a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence". In the fields of science and math there is only absolute. If it cannot be defined, it cannot be...or can it???
Abraham was not promised to be heir to the world or the father of nations because of the law. It was a promise made by God because of the faith Abraham had! We are made that very same promise. Through that same righteousness of faith, we are afforded the opportunity to attach ourselves to a promise of great proportions! We take God at his word! Our faith provides an explanation for what is not explainable, it provides hope and promise where there seems to be none, it is seeing physical healing and not chalking it up to science or previously erroneous test results, it is the foundation of our KNOWING that there is a brighter tomorrow. All the promises of the Bible will come to pass before this story ends. Those who think our faith is but a dream and that when we die, that's it, are in for a very rude "awakening" afterwards!
God calls us to have faith in his promises. He has given us the outline of what's to come and we will wait on him. We will worship, we will serve - through the pain, through the trials - without breaking down, without giving up. We, like Abraham, are the heirs - given the world through Christ's death and resurrection!
Let them mock my belief, let them mock my "faith", because for a Christian, faith is as tangible as a toaster. It is REAL, you can feel it, you can see it, you can have it, you can know it and although you cannot hold it in YOUR hand, faith tells you that He holds you in his!