And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews recounts the faith of many saints who have gone on before us. If you have ever needed a clear picture of what real faith looks like, study the lives of those listed in this chapter.
Here’s a quick snapshot for you! Abel was noticed and approved by God as righteous not because of what he brought, but because of what he believed. He had faith that led to a better sacrifice than his brother Cain’s. Enoch did not experience death because his faith pleased God. Noah’s faith allowed him a deep intimacy with God that saved his family and mankind’s entire future. Abraham’s faith didn’t lead him to just any new country—but to the Promised Land. His faith also saw his son, Isaac, safely delivered back to him alive from off the altar. By faith, Sarah was able to finally become pregnant. In an awesome act of faith, Moses’ family kept him alive and safe by hiding him away for months after his birth. Later, once he was grown, Moses exhibited great faith when he refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho. Rahab’s faith welcomed spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.
We could go on and on recounting the great faith exhibited by God’s people throughout the Bible. The common denominator for each of these individuals was the object of their faith. Their faith was not great because of who they were but because of who they placed that faith in. Be encouraged that God is using your faith, just like He did all of these, to write an incredible story! Keep the faith!
• How does God reward those who seek Him?
• Why is it impossible to please God without faith? What makes faith crucial to this process?
• Praise God for being worthy of our faith. Thank Him for these examples in His Word of those who placed their faith in Him and brought Him glory.