Hebrews 11:1-2 NLTA
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
Hebrews 11:39-40 NIV
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. …
Hebrews 11, filled with snapshots of the great people in Old Testament history, is often called the Book of Faith or the Book of Heroes. Depending on my mood, I find myself with different emotions when I read of these individuals:
- awestruck by the impossible things they endured with trust in God,
- strengthened by the thought that the same God is with me today,
- overwhelmed, because I could never see myself having that kind of faith, or
- discouraged, because they all seem to good to be true, and besides, I know that many of them sinned greatly and made huge mistakes.
I have to remind myself that the list is not one of “God’s perfect people”, but of those who placed their future totally in God’s hands and put their hope in His promises.
With a second lockdown (and US elections) this week, how is your faith doing? Are you still able to have the strong hope that God is in control, even though the pandemic situation keeps changing and difficult news fills the media? Is each day characterised by faith in our Heavenly Father whose care for us is unchanging? I love the reminder at the end of Hebrews 11 that the chapter remains unfinished, because in time to come, our stories will be listed alongside the ones already there. Together with those forefathers of faith, we can live confident that God has a plan for perfection which includes each one of us who continues to hold fast.
PRAYER: Lord, remind me today that faith is the evidence of things we cannot see. Thank you that by Your Holy Spirit I can be known to be a person of faith, even with my faults and failures. Please help me walk closely with You, and keep my eyes fixed on You in the trust that You have something better in store for Your people, even if we cannot see it at the present time.