Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hebrews 11:1-12

1 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.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Questions to consider:
  • Relate faith and hope.
  • Relate faith and reality.
  • Relate faith and God’s revealed word.
  • In what areas and circumstances is God now asking for your faith? With what results?
Possibilities for prayer:

So yesterday we were classified as people of faith, and now we have an understanding of what faith actually is: confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see. Today, let’s be thankful for faith--for what it is and the role that it plays in our lives. And as we did yesterday, let’s ask for an increase in our faith, that we might live lives that are characterized by faith, lives that don’t really make sense to the world without the power and provision of God.