11 Hebrews

Author

Tom Greene

Scripture

Hebrews 11

Observation

Faith is being SURE of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see.

By faith, we understand how God created everything from nothing.

By faith, Abel pleased God with his offerings and was commended as a righteous man.

By faith, Enoch was able to please God and was taken before he experienced death

“And without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” - Hebrews 11:9.  (Do you recognize this from Week 4 of Discipleship DNA?)

By faith, Noah built an ark to save his family as a remnant for God.

By faith, Abraham obeyed and went to God’s Promised Land not knowing where he was going.

By faith, Abraham and Sarah had a child of promise.

By faith, Abraham offered his only son Isaac as a sacrifice in an act of obedience to God.

By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

By faith, Jacob spoke of the Exodus of God’s people from Egypt which was yet to come.

By faith, Moses’ parents hid him to preserve him as an infant.

By faith, Moses left Egypt to be prepared to lead God’s people.

By faith, Moses observed the Passover and the sprinkling of blood to preserve God’s people.

By faith, the people followed Moses through the Red Sea on dry land.

By faith, the walls of Jericho fell.

By faith, Rahab welcomes in spies and was not killed.

By faith, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephath, David, Samuel and the prophets all accomplished a purpose for God.

All these people were still living in faith when they died, meaning that they did not receive the full promise in their lifetime.  Some got only a taste of what was to come and others saw nothing but trial.  Their response of faith made them strangers on earth where such CONFIDENCE is not understood.

Application

Faith is being SURE of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see.  In both phrases, faith takes uncertainty and responds to it with ASSURANCE.  Faith allows a RESPONSE OF CONFIDENCE in light of risky, unfamiliar or difficult situations.  Faith is a re-focusing of our attention away from our circumstance to God and His Promises.  Where is our focus today – on our surrounding chaos or on our Sovereign God?

All these people were still living in faith when they died, meaning that they did not receive the full promise in their lifetime.  Some got only a taste of what was to come and others saw nothing but trial.  Furthermore, their response of faith made them strangers on earth where such CONFIDENCE is not understood.  So, a response of faith will often stand in stark contrast to the prevailing “wisdom” around us – making us ‘strangers’ in our response to things.

Hebrews 11 gives us a full list of examples of faith to cover a full range of uncertainties we might face: who we are, where we are, where we are going, what we are doing, how old we are, how unlikely our success might be… the list is virtually endless.  God answers all these uncertainties by showing what He did through those who did have faith. Is there an area in your life right now where uncertainty has prevented you from earnestly seeking God by faith?

Prayer

Dear God, thank you for reminding me in Hebrews 11 that you do reward those who earnestly seek you.  Thank you for clear examples that remind me that your promises are trustworthy and you will reward my faithfulness in following You.  Please help me TODAY to see an area of my life where I have not yet traded uncertainty in my sight for confidence by faith in you. Amen.

 

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