“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
In this chapter of Hebrews, we find a long list of people whom we could call “heroes of faith.” These are descriptions of people whose faith in God showed in their actions as they lived out their everyday lives. Faith is intended to be lived out.
Abraham and Sarah trusted God’s promises to take them to a new land and to give them descendants. It took a long time for these promises to be fulfilled, but they trusted God, and He fulfilled those promises.
Moses trusted God to guide him in leading God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. It took a long time and a lot of hard work; but through a series of miracles God delivered His people. Then Moses served God for many more years, bringing God’s law to the people, setting up the worship of God, and teaching the people how to live God’s way (Exodus 12 – 40).
Rahab, an outsider, declared her faith in God and became one of God’s people when the Lord took her back into the land promised to Abraham. She became one of the great, great . . . grandmothers of Jesus. (See Joshua 2:1-21; 6:25; Matthew 1:1-6.)
As we live our lives, let us do so in faith. Often, we need the confidence and assurance of what we cannot see. Our faith will be made sight when we see Christ. He is the one who has saved us from our sin. He is the one who is faithful, so we are called to live out our lives in response to Him.
Prayer: Lord, help us to live our lives in faith. Empower us to respond to Your call to follow You wherever You lead. Amen.