December 27, 2019
Hebrews 11:1-2 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
Most Bible readers are familiar with the celebrated eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews. Often called the “Hall of Faith,” it offers something a highlight reel of the great stories from across the scriptures. It feels like an exuberant end zone celebration with endless victory dancing.
It is nothing of the sort.
Far fewer are familiar with the last words of the preceding chapter.
“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”
But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:38-39
32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:32-35
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I want to be a great soul. Awaken my longing for more of God than I presently know. Awaken my love to a passion that shreds sentiment. Awaken my faith to a fire that burns without consuming. Come Holy Spirit and lead us into a great awakening of faith. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.
Are you ready for an awakening of faith? What holds you back?