“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
The above verse is the opening line of Hebrews chapter 11. This is usually known as the faith chapter because it contains a list of the heroes of the faith, those who lived before Jesus. These men and women were who the Israelites told about and celebrated. If you read through the list, you will read some names you might recognize like Noah, Abraham, David, etc. What all of these names have in common is that they each took a leap of faith to follow God.
Take Abraham for an example. God called him to leave his homeland and everything he knew and go to the land that God would show him. God never told him what the land was called or where it was when he initially called Abraham to follow Him. And, when God finally showed Abraham the land of Canaan, God told him that he would never possess the land; only his ancestors would.
Faith never promises answers to questions or immediate gratification. Taking the leap of faith can be scary and even bring more stress to your life. But, taking the leap of faith is a decision that one never regrets.
Hebrews 11:39-40 says, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Even though these heroes of the faith never received a reward for their faith in this life, they certainly received one in the next life.
When God calls us to put our faith in Him and trust in Him, it can certainly be scary. We like to know what lies ahead, but with God, we can’t see what lies ahead. We just have to trust that He will take care of us. All the heroes of the faith trusted that God would take care of them and He did. He never left them high and dry. He was with them through the most difficult of circumstances because they put their trust in Him.
Question: What leaps of faith have you taken?
Challenge: Read Hebrews 11 and reflect on how the heroes of the faith trusted in God even though they could not see what lay ahead for them.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for always being there to guide us and protect us when we put our faith in you.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League