NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. For by [faith–trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 AMP)
Faith is the assurance of a reality not available to the senses. When we have faith it's signed, sealed, delivered in heaven. In our hearts when we have faith "it's not believing that He can, but that He will." There's a beautiful statuette of a girl with that quote etched on her hem. Faith is believing that God is, that he made the universe for its intended purpose as well as believing that someone will be healed or that our family will be kept safe with warm hearts for God.
There are many things we can choose to believe. But the choice has to be God's for it to be signed, sealed and delivered. When God calls us to something, we follow as the light shows each new step. We follow trusting Him and with earnest, sincere faith. We may stumble a bit but we pick up our fervor and follow again so that God will say, "Well done, child.
There are people who had faith listed in Hebrews 11. Some of them didn't get the promises they believed in, had faith for. God might have signed, sealed and delivered it to a later time and place. Or our prayers of faith may have gone to our niece, or our cousin or our daughter maybe even a stranger to us.We'll only know in heaven the answer to some of our questions. Until then, we pray full of faith that he will answer and that he will provide not only our needs but the things that make life sweeter.