Monday, November 9, 2009

Hebrews 11 -- By Faith

Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the Hall of Faith. References to many of the faithful described in scriptures offered to us as examples of faith. While I would like to play editor with the list to be include a few others like Ruth, and Deborah, possibly Esther, the list stands before us a testament to what faith in God can produce.

Each of the individuals listed were ordinary people. They may have been elevated to great position, however, they were anybodies just like you and I. The thing which qualified them for this list was not their greatness, it was the faithfulness. In the midst of big challenges and overwhelming odds, these people trusted God more than they trusted what they could see right in front of themselves. Faith was the qualifier, not results in and of themselves. By faith these men and woman lived as examples to us all what happens when everyday people have faith in God.

God may be calling you to build an ark, to sacrifice that which was promised, to put it all on the line. What you are able to see right in front of you might be telling you to do something else. What will you do? Faith is having more trust in what is unseen than in what is seen. Circumstances can seem huge, and too much to overcome. The visual mountain in front of us could cause us to give up. It was Jesus who said if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed you can tell that mountain to move, and it will. I do not rule out God's ability to move a physical mountain, however, I cannot help but wonder if Hebrews 11 is connected with the prayer that moves mountains.

What mountains are you facing today? Do you have more faith in the mountain or in God? Where you place your faith will have everything to do with how you view the mountain.

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