Faith’s Hall Of Fame
God of Light and Love, send Your Holy Spirit to remove all obstacles to my understanding and obeying Your Word.
Read Hebrews 11:1–19
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Faith is confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time” (Oswald Chambers, 1874–1917).
The phrase “assurance about what we do not see” (1) is the key to this chapter. These biblical heroes of faith kept their focus. They chose to look at an invisible world beyond their own. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah all glimpsed realities not yet fully seen in their day. Their faith enabled them to hold on to that vision through the most intense testing and opposition. When tempted to give up believing because the going gets tough, we can, in faith, choose to persevere (Heb. 12:1).
Faith is the key to overcoming many of the tensions in the Christian life, helping us to refocus on solutions to the big questions that are beyond human understanding. Accepting that “the universe was formed at God’s command” (3) by faith protects us from getting lost in the science or technology of beginnings. Faith also reveals the kind of offering that pleases God and is acceptable to him (4), enabling the believer to become “heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith” (7). Abraham’s faith equipped him to make the journey from Ur in Mesopotamia to Canaan, leaving home and striking out in obedience to a vision not shared by others (8–10; Gen. 12:1–5). That faith helped Abraham and Sarah through the long years of childlessness, believing God’s promises rather than their own age and circumstances (11,12).
Abraham also found the faith to trust God for the raising up of Isaac even if the child had first to be killed in the most appalling way (17–19). Our own son contracted skin cancer from his exposure to the sun as a child when we were overseas as missionaries, so in a small way we experienced personally some of this cost. Faith carried Abraham (and our family) through this test. “Faith—choosing to trust God even when life hurts—can be tough, but is always life-giving” (Jerry Bridges, 1929–2016).
Ask God to give you a gift of faith to go through your own circumstances today.
Lord, when everything seems to be spinning out of control, You are still in control. When I am not in control anymore, You have everything in Your hands. Help me to trust You more.
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