BY Faith

I was reading some of the most amazing stories today.  These are stories that should have no doubt made front page news, stories of amazing courage and public interest.

There was one account of an older man that took his son, who was an only child, out to kill him.  He said God told him to do it.

In another extraordinary report a guy that had no background in meteorology, engineering or shipbuilding built this huge boat, I understand it was a remarkable boat built almost indestructible without the benefit of modern technology. He said he had some inside information that there was going to be a terrible flood that would destroy all of mankind.  He actually loaded animals on the boat.

Details were rather sketchy on this one story but it seems the walls of a whole city seemed to have collapsed for no apparent reason.  Witnesses said there was a group of people circling the wall but they never touched it.

These are all Biblical stories of people of amazing faith; Hebrews 11 bears witness of these people of faith and courage.  Abraham who by faith was obedient even in the face of sacrificing the son he loved.  Noah building a boat, loading on board all types of animals, as others no doubt walked by laughing.  Can you begin to imagine the looks Joshua got as he marched around this huge fortress day after day waiting for something miraculous to happen?  What a bunch of “nut cases”, right?   But their faith was worthy to give us an example of what faith really means. An example of how we can accomplish the seemingly impossible by faith and if we all lucky be viewed as a “nut case”. We can speak to mountains and move them, right?  Faith is and shall ever be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Those worthy of being called faithful walks by “faith and not by sight”.  These incredible people of faith, “all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”(vs 13).  Though they were not alive to see the promise of the Savior had enough faith to embrace the hope of his coming.  I love that the scripture says they “embraced” the promises.  They did not have the opportunity to see the promise and realized it would not be during their lifetime but their faith sustained them and allowed them to accomplish the extraordinary. Now we that have received the promise have a greater opportunity to “embrace” the salvation of the resurrected Savior and through this same resurrection our faith provides us with greater works and a greater promise of life eternal.  With any lucky we can become a ”nut case” that has moved mountains.

 

Prayer: Father we thank you that we have the opportunity to walk in your promises.  That by faith we call be heirs of the promise of eternal life.  Allow us to walk daily by faith and not by sight.

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