Hebrews 11 is known as the hall of faith. This chapter lists all the well known heroes of faith in the Bible. Abel is listed first, along with other men and women, such as Abraham, Sarah, Rahab and David. The hall of faith show us that if we trust in God and if we put our faith in His Word, His goodness, His power, love, mercy and His faithfulness, we will be able to accomplish the impossible. Nothing is impossible with God. Hebrews 11:6 says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him," (NIV). Faith is needed to please God. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see," (NIV).
Faith in God enables us to stay the course like Abraham. Abraham trusted God to fulfill His promises, purpose and plan for his life, despite the impossible situations he faced. In the natural, Abraham and Sarah having the promised child, Isaac, looked hopeless. Sarah was unable to have children. But Abraham believed God. He is called the father of faith. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90, when Isaac, the promised child was born. God delights in doing the impossible for His children and in the prosperity of His servants.
Faith in God requires perseverance and patience. God has a set or an appointed time to bring His promises to fruition into our lives. God told Noah, he should build an ark because in 120 years He was going to flood the earth. God was not going to contend with sinful mankind at that time forever because of the wickedness of man on the earth at that time. God told Abraham, his descendants would be in slavery for 400 years. God also told Daniel the Jews would remain in captivity in Babylon for 70 years. At the appointed time, in the fullness of time, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law.
God always has a set appointed time in order to fulfill His promises. He is faithful. He is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Let us strengthen our faith in God and His Word. All His promises are yes and amen. Galatians 6:9 encourages us to not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (NIV). Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures!
- Dionne Cameron