Faith Makes An Impact
Mighty God, You are a strong tower and a sure defense in times of trouble. I trust in You.
Read Hebrews 11:20–31
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“Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to God alone; laughs at impossibilities, and cries, “It shall be done!” (Charles Wesley, 1707–1788).
Isaac, Jacob and Joseph offer us examples of a faith that impacts families and communities. As each approached death, each wanted his children to know the joy of walking with God. Isaac was being deceived by Jacob when he gave his blessing (Gen. 27:27–29), but the words once spoken were irrevocable. Our words can have very long-lasting effects upon our children, even when we are not always aware of what is going on in their minds. My wife and I always tried to be aware of the presence of little ears at our meal tables. Jacob gave his family a glimpse of his personal life of worship, even while he blessed them (21). He praised God, despite being so weak that he needed to lean on a staff to address them.
Moses’ parents entered the hall of faith because they surrendered their child up to God and the river (Exod. 2:1–3). In placing the baby into a pitch basket in the Nile they acted in faith by letting him go. Sometimes we have to learn the hard lesson of when to let go of those for whom we really care. Without that step of faith, the baby would have died. Israel’s great hero and deliverer, Moses, owed everything to the sacrificing love of his believing parents. Their faith was richly rewarded. When Moses made his own choice to turn away from the life of ease in Egypt and identify himself with God’s people he set in motion a program of rescue that impacted generations to come.
What impact is your faith having upon your family and community?
Lord, grant me the faith that impacts generations.
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