During my personal time of daily Bible reading during “Coffee with the Lord” this week I’ve been reading Hebrews 11 – the great “Faith chapter” of the Bible. Reading the chapter again I’ve been so impressed by the recurring phrase… “by faith.” (How “faith” enabled people to walk with God, do His will, deal with life’s challenges, claim God’s promises, see miracles happen and deal with difficult circumstances!) The phrase (or a similar phrase) appears at least 25 times in this chapter! Pretty significant wouldn’t you say?
Faith’s importance and expression begins even before there was ever a written copy of God’s word! It is also the foundation for belief in Creator God and His activity at the beginning of time. It sustains God’s people through every event and experience here on earth all the way to heaven. It embraces the good, the bad and even the “ugly” of life.
Here’s a few key Scripture from Hebrews 10:35 – 11:40 for your consideration…
“Do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward! You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised… ‘My righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back my soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls! Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen… And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”
So based upon what Hebrews 11 teaches, several years ago I crafted a personal definition of “faith” … Here it is for your consideration…
“Faith is confidence in God… trusting His character, believing and obeying His word, embracing His promises, following His leadership, and drawing upon his encouragement and strength.”
Just take it from me… That’s the way to live! That’s the way I want to live! … “The righteous person shall LIVE by faith!” This year my wife and I have faced a challenge or two… things that have tested our faith to the core… But we’re agreed that we’re going to go on living “by faith!”