Megan Evans, Women’s Ministry Director, LHBC
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
If your faith had legs, where would it take you? More than a belief system, faith is the evidence of what takes place in your heart. As believers, our faith is secure and anchored in Christ for all eternity, but faith is also intended for daily use. Unlike a dormant item stored in a bank box or vault for safe-keeping, our faith is meant to be lived out. God intended faith to be the active proof of what the world can’t see.
Faith shows the reality of our hope. Some Bible versions use the word confidence, assurance, or certainty. Each term calls us to live in the reality of God’s Truth. Measuring our attitudes and actions up to the Word of God provides a much needed “reality check” and allows our heart to live in the safety of the Lord’s care. Under His care we can learn to walk on our faith legs, one prayerful step at a time.
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the hall of faith and records many lives who are remembered for their examples of faith in action:
By faith Abel gave, Enoch went, Noah built, Abraham left and believed and offered, Sarah conceived, Isaac promised, Jacob blessed, Jacob commanded, Moses’ parents hid their baby, Moses led and commanded, Israelites walked and marched, and Rahab protected. In addition, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets overthrew and ruled and received what God had promised them. They shut lions’ mouths, quenched flames, and escaped death (Hebrews 11: 4-34).
This is the God we trust and serve too! Like you and me, these were ordinary people whom God equipped. These men and women aren’t remembered because they were perfect or wealthy or loved by the world. Instead, they are remembered because they said “yes” to an extraordinary God. Likewise, their actions were not done by their own strength or merit, but by faith in Him.
We can walk with faith legs too! We are told, “their weakness was turned to strength” (Hebrews 11:34). This is true for us. We are told that Moses “kept his eyes on the one who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). This is our strategy as well. At some point Noah locked eyes with the invisible One and by faith picked up a hammer. How will you respond to God? By faith will you follow Him? Faith has legs. Where are yours taking you?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, you are Truth and my reality is found in You alone. I trust you Lord, and will follow you wherever you call me to go. Strengthen my shaky legs today and grow them into sturdy bold steps of faith for your glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.