“Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof
of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our
ancestors pleasing to God”
Written down, faith sounds pretty easy and straightforward; we hope for many things to happen in our lives and every day we are given proof of new things discovered that we cannot see.
But faith described in today’s verse is not just hoping for something to happen. What is described here, allows us to be sure of a hope that we have, a certainty that is founded in a promise from God. Faith is based on an assurance in who God says He is and trusts that He will accomplish what He has said that He will do.
The people mentioned here, were called to radical obedience, sacrifice and trust throughout their lives. This required action. Action that is fueled by an absolute trust in the character of God. These men and women of God are the examples of trusting God in the most difficult and sometimes obscure scenarios possible. In some cases it resulted in ridicule, in other cases persecution and even death. Above all, God sees their faith in Him and responds as He says He would.
As we read our Bibles, we are presented with numerous examples of people ‘stepping out’ in faith and it being a way that God displays himself to others. He uses people's decisions, made based on faith in God, to speak to the people within their circle of influence and even further afield. All of us are living examples of this effect.
We as believers have a faith in God, that He will fulfill His ultimate promises mentioned at the end of our Sunday gathering, “We look forward to that future day, when Christ returns and takes his throne and begins to reign.” However, our faith in God applies to the here and now too. It applies to what He is asking us to do each and every day. We can be sure that what He asks us to do, He will help us to do.
As we continue these 50 day prayer devotions, I challenge you to consider your faith and ask God to grant you more. Ask for certainty in His character, which we read about in the Bible. Trust, with faith, that He still hears our prayers and moves.
The stories we read in Hebrews 11 are big. God asks big things of His people and He is not afraid to respond big when they are obedient as His promises are big.
As you pray over these 50 days, pray big prayers. Ask God to move in ways that only He can move in. I pray that through your faith, others will come to know Him and put their trust in Him.