Sorry for the lack of devotionals last week. Things should be back to normal this week! Today we are looking at part of the “Hall of Faith” as found in Hebrews 11. Listen to what it says in Hebrews 11: 23-28:
23 By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
In this chapter of Hebrews, we see the stories of great saints of the Old Testament and we learn about their faith. And when I read these passages, two things always jump out to me, when talking about their faith.
First is this. Their faith motivated them to action. Their faith caused them to do something in their lives. Their faith was not a passive feeling or emotion, but their faith caused them to live, act, or do something in a certain way.
Faith for them was not an ethereal feeling, just a passing thought, but their faith caused them to do great things for God.
Faith is not action. Faith is not works. But faith, it will always cause action. It will always cause works. Works are not faith, but they are results of faith. Our faith, our belief, this will have to shape our life in some way. If your faith is not shaping your life in any way, then why not? Faith, by its very nature, will cause something to happen!
The second thing I noticed when reading about their faith was how they kept faith, in spite of troubles and trials. They kept perspective on where they were going. Look at what we are told about Moses today. He considered the problems he faced for being faithful to be insignificant when compared to what he would gain in Christ.
In other words, hold on. Believe. Hope. Have faith. And hold on in times of trouble. Know that He who is in you is great then he who is in the world. Don’t let go in times of trouble, but hold on. Yes, these times of trouble and trial may be hard.
But something better is coming.
Don’t forget that. Those that walked with faith in Hebrews 11, they knew something better was coming. Hold on.
Faith changes things. Faith changes our perspective, it changes our hope, it changes our actions, it changes our heart, it changes everything. Hold on to faith each day. Let is shape your walk and let it shape your destination.
You will never be disappointed by where faith takes you!