Still Living by Faith
I ended up in Hebrews 11 this morning. I have a daily reading plan that I use, but I also like to venture off and just see what comes my way. But this really spoke to me, and I hope it does you as well.
“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 11:1-2).
“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did” (Heb. 11:4).
“It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying - For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God” (Heb. 11:5).
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before” (Heb. 11:7).
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance” (Heb. 11:8).
“It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise” (Heb. 11:11).
Now this is the verse that really touched my heart and made me really think about a lot of things. “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.” (Heb. 11:13).
Look at how faithful all of these people were. Abraham left his home and spent his whole life living in a tent. Living in a tent! They trusted God with everything in them. If this was you or I, we would not have done this. We would have given up so easily and just went back home. We would have returned back to what was comfortable for us - what we know. We do not like living life by faith. But when we experience Christ, we are confident and comfortable living a life of faith and trusting Him. We realize that this place we live in, we are exiles, because our real home is with Jesus Christ! We have a heavenly home. This is what drives that obedience and trust found in the people of old.
I hope you are encouraged by this and reminded that everything you see before you will one day be gone. A lot of people work their whole lives because they want to leave behind something for their family - a house, a car, money, etc. I tell you that I have learned that the best thing you can leave behind for your family is your faith in Jesus Christ. Are you living a life of faith that will impact those around you?
Do not get me wrong - there is nothing bad about working hard and making sure your family is taken care of. I do that myself. But the best way you can take care of them is to have a strong relationship and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Be Encouraged, Chris