And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weaknesses made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepted their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
Who or what comes to mind when you think of courageous faith? Is it an event from the Bible? A modern-day hero? A brave act you’ve witnessed personally? Perhaps someone you know that is living a daring life?
This week we are going to delve into many examples from Scripture to see what courageous faith looks like. There is perhaps no better or more fitting place to start this journey than diving into the latter portion of Hebrews chapter 11. Here we see the fearless testimony of so many saints who have gone before us, to help pave and show us the way. This should cause us to realize that following God may not always look how we picture it.
Consider this line from today’s passage: “God had provided something better.” Getting fired from a job may seem devastating in the moment, but a year later you realize it led to something way better for you. Perhaps that was God repositioning you and opening another door that would not have been possible had you not been let go from your other position. He often redirects our paths, not always in ways we expect, but they always lead to something better for us. As Isaiah wrote in chapter 55, His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8).
• What is your favorite example of faith from the Bible? Why?
• How do these examples from Scripture encourage you along on your personal faith journey?
• Pray for strength to take a stand for your faith even when it’s not easy.