Our Bible verse for today: “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Have faith and keep going.”
Often, when we’re in the process of “overcoming” something, we can get discouraged and wonder if our efforts are really accomplishing anything. As you continue to try to hold your marriage together, or deal with difficult co-workers, or pay your way out from under a mountain of debt, or lose all that weight, or any other challenge that requires discipline and perseverance, the journey can seem endless. How do we stay hopeful and keep going in such circumstances?
We do it by faith.
Hebrews chapter eleven is often referred to as “The Faith Hall of Fame”. In it the writer recounts the stories of numerous Bible heroes who resolved to simply do the right thing, do it for as long as it took, and to trust God for the outcome.
So we read that “By faith” Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. “By faith” Enoch was taken away. “By faith” Noah built an ark. “By faith” Abraham set out for the place God called him to. “By faith” Sarah had a child. “By faith” Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. “By faith” Moses didn’t fear the Pharaoh. “By faith” the walls of Jericho fell down. “By faith” Rahab the prostitute welcomed the spies. “By faith” countless others bravely faced persecution and even death.
Twenty-one times in that single chapter a hero of the faith is commended for their extraordinary faith when faced with difficult circumstances. And in each case the point being made is that the person or people involved made up their minds to lean into the challenge, persevere, push through it, and trust God for the results.
What each of those great saints knew was the truth expressed in Hebrews 11:6:“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
The lesson in this for us is that the way we overcome is first, we don’t give up; and second, we trust God for the results.
Just do what you know to be right, don’t quit, and trust God. That’s faith.