This verse is found in the “Hall of Faith”, an impactful accounting of men and women, just like us, who lived by faith. They knew, with a rock solid certainty, that God would keep His promises. That truth changed everything. Faith in the Promise-keeper informed their choices and priorities. It gave them purpose and filled them with courage as they responded to God’s direction, even when the wait was long, and the future was uncertain. These heroes of faith lived with alert expectancy.
I don’t think faith like this comes easy. Let’s be honest. Hope is hard when the wait is long and a desperate prayer is all we have to offer. Yet, it is in seasons of waiting and suffering, that we must choose to trust God. It is here we develop confident faith in the unchanging character of God, not by our circumstances.
God is still looking for men and women who will be heroes of faith in their homes and in this generation. After this Hebrews 11 passage, a challenge is given to us to run our own race with endurance, with single-minded focus, and with our eyes fixed on Christ.
God wants us holy, courageous, and completely dependent on Him. If you find yourself in a difficult season, be encouraged. Tough times are the path to perseverance, character, and hope. They are the very things that grow our faith and are part of God's plan to transform us into the image of Jesus. Remember God’s relentless faithfulness. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the One who initiates and perfects our faith.
Reflect and Respond:
1. Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past, fuels our faith in the present. Make a list of personal answers to prayer, and remember the ways God has been active in your story.
2. You have a testimony to share. How can you use your faith story to encourage someone else today?
3. What promises of God mean the most to you? Create a promise journal by writing down passages and words that God speaks over your life. This will be a helpful encouragement on hard days.
Encouragement: You are fully known and fully loved by God. Trust His hand on your life and on those you love. This season may be difficult and your prayers hard; God sees you, hears you and loves you. You have a future and a hope.
Recommended Resource: Driven by Eternity by John Bevere; Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado