By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets– who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated– of whom the world was not worthy–wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:30-40
Sometimes it seems like we Christians act as if we invented faith but as we have seen over the last few days God’s people have always walked by faith. From Abel offering his sacrifices to God through Noah building an ark while the rest of the world mocked him to those of us today who choose to follow God we all have to take a leap of faith at one time or another.
When the Bible speaks of faith it really means trusting that God will do what He has said He will do. It is really that simple. God has made promises to His people and He wants us to trust Him to keep those promises. If Abraham could trust God that Isaac would be somehow spared death even when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac why do we seem to have trouble trusting God in the little things we face each day?
I am guilty of a lack of trust way too many times. Rather than trust God I rush in to solve a problem only to find that all I have done is make the problem worse. Finally when I have exhausted all that I know how to do, only then do I turn the problem over to God. Of course by then I usually have to face the consequences of my actions.
Have a blessed day,