Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
The Hall Of Faith
The Bible is a wonderful book of stories telling the lives of the people of God from Adam to John’s revelation. These are real people. They lived in a real time experiencing the challenges of life just like you and I face every day. It is easy to think of these heroes of scripture as only stories without considering the battles we fight are no different than what they fought. Their faith was tested. Sometimes they would win and sometimes they would fail miserably. The key in the lives of the saints of old is singular: they never gave up.
Faith is an amazing thing. Think about it for a minute. There are many ways the Creator could reveal Himself to man dismissing any doubts that He is real. While there are myriads of ways God has revealed Himself to man it still comes down to a need for faith on the part of man. Why? Could it be that there is a need for our Father to see our hearts in how much we love Him? We are not robots programmed in a certain way to do the bidding of an unloving Creator. The spirit of man begins from a heart that devotes itself to the glory of God.
Faith is the seed of hope and the vision of the invisible. That is almost contradictory. But found in the kernel of faith’s character is the making of a man of God. No one was present when the world was created but we believe it by faith. Adam and Eve could look on the new world after it was created and believe it came into being by the mouth of God. Abel understood early the importance of obedient faith. Enoch lived so fully in faith he was taken by God before death. Noah acted on the word of grace showing his faith by hearing, believing and preparing an ark for something he did not understand. Faith moved him saving not only him but also his household. Abraham embraced a faith that did not have answers but because He trusted in the word of God he obeyed. First he was tested when told to leave his people and then to offer his son. Faith won. Moses turned his back on the greatest riches of his day to serve a complaining people wandering in a wilderness of doubt. A non-Hebrew woman who was a prostitute showed her faith in the true God when she gave shelter to the spies of Israel.
Faith could be told in the lives of so many more people like Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets. If you have not taken the time to read about these people please do so. It will increase your faith. Often faith delivered the people of God from harm but just as many times it did not. Faith gives hope. Faith opens the eyes to trust in the Lord no matter what. Faith does not suggest that all promises are found here. The deepest character of faith is believing that life is not about the here and now but the life that is to come. Faith is about looking for a city whose builder and maker is God. Faith is about seeing beyond this life and looking forward anxiously to a life with God. Turn your eyes away from this world and by faith look to that which is unseen. Heaven is waiting for faith filled followers desiring a better country.
You can keep a faith only as you can keep a plant, by rooting it into your life and making it grow there. (Phillips Brooks, Perennials, 1898)