“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Hebrews 11:1–3, NIV)
By faith Abel… By faith Enoch… By faith Noah… By faith Abraham… By faith Sarah… Hebrews 11 is chock-full of ordinary people who believed that God would do what he promised. They are therefore known as the heroes of our faith.
We live in their shadows, which can be intimidating. We might think, “I’m just a mother trying to get through the day without shouting my head off at my kids.” Or, “I’m older and can’t find work; I’m not sure if God will provide a job for me, much less ask me to perform some amazing act of faith.” Or, “My biggest accomplishment today will be loving my cranky parent, who is not ageing gracefully.” How can we who aren’t escaping death or building an ark or becoming the father of nations also be heroes of the faith?
The answer is simple, but not easy – by faith. By believing that God loves us and wants the best for us. By holding an active confidence in him as the One who provides us not only with jewels and fine linen to wear, but living water to slake our thirst and bread that truly satisfies. By knowing that God presides at the center of the unseen realm, which is greater than our physical world.
And so by faith we can shoot up an arrow prayer to God, asking him to reign in our tongues when we’re about to spew angry words at our children. We can look to him for the strength to keep hunting down that elusive job, knowing that in his time he will provide. And to ask him to show us our parent as he sees them, drawing forth the real person who may be cowering in fear and uncertainty.
By faith, your name here…
Lord Jesus, I often feel like I’m hiding in the corner, lacking faith. Fill me with your grace and love, that I might believe in your promises.