Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Don’t Stop Believing

July 13, 2011 by  
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But 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 diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6

The other night at Bible study we got onto the subject of faith … crazy, huh? Imagine talking about faith at a Bible study, but that’s just how we roll! Someone mentioned that they weren’t seeing a positive result in a situation but that they were still going to have faith. A couple of weeks earlier I heard someone make a similar statement, they weren’t experiencing the outcome they wanted but that they would still have faith.

The Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:10). If we are seeing proof we don’t need faith.

The author of Hebrews goes on to make a list of those heroes of the Bible who kept believing, regardless of what was going on around them. A couple of my favorites: Noah, who was warned of a great flood, when it had never rained before, spent over one hundred years building an ark to save the world, but no one wanted to get on his boat. When the rains came, he and his family were safe. It had never rained before people, and the guy spent 100 years building an ark … that is wild!

Then there’s Abraham. His life is amazing. He starts off being called by God to leave his home. So he does. Without knowing his destination, he took the journey. Then, at about age seventy-five, God promises him that he will have more descendents then the stars in the sky or the sand at the shore. Only problem with this, Abraham and his wife are childless and quite old. But hey, God keeps his word, and at age 100, Isaac is born. Then, God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.

Come on now, really? But what about the promise? Not to mention, how do you kill your own son? The one you’ve longed for your entire life? But Abraham trusts God and so he takes Isaac off to do the deed and just in the nick of time the angel of the Lord comes to him and stops him and God provides a lamb for the sacrifice. Wow … that is some faith!

There are more … look at Moses. He starts his life out floating down the Nile in a basket, his mom’s plan to save him from being killed cause the Pharaoh doesn’t want any more little Hebrew boy babies around. He becomes the adopted son of the Pharaoh’s daughter, tries to help a Hebrew slave and in the process kills an Egyptian. So he runs for his life and ends up in the middle of nowhere, tending sheep until one day God talks to him through a burning bush, and commands him to go back to Egypt and free the slaves, who just happen to be God’s people.

Moses is not so sure he can accomplish this task, although having a burning bush talk to you should give you a pretty good indication that if God can do that, he can surely help you accomplish anything. And in the process, a staff turns into a snake, all sorts of wild things happen in Egypt and then the grand finale involves the Red Sea actually parting and the Hebrew folks trotting across it as merrily as you please. But when the Pharaoh and his army come after them, boom, the water goes back and all the bad guys are killed. That’s some pretty wild stuff.

Noah built an ark on faith and saved his family. Abraham believed and God blessed. Moses stepped out and God stepped in. The list goes on and on. These guys took action first … they walked by faith, believed God and as a result, God blessed them and he blessed their families and their descendents.

So … what are you believing God for? Step out in faith, let God do the rest! And be patient, remember, God’s timing is always perfect.

Father, thank you for lessons in faith, I love these men who took action when there was no evidence. They truly were men of God. Lord, increase my faith. Help me to not look at what is going on around me, but to keep my eyes focused on you.

I love you Jesus,
In your name I pray,
Amen

God’s Blessing Upon You!

Joyce Schneider has been writing for several years. She has five published books. You can find out more about her at her website alifedecision.org

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