August 22, 2021 | Jess Rainer
Passage: Hebrews 11:8-12
How do we keep faith during this season of life? You got this. You got this because God’s got this. Exercise your faith.
1) Faith believes that God exists and He’s worth it. (vs. 1-3, 6) Going through any kind of persecution is not the time to find out if your faith is real. Our faith begins as a response to God revealing Himself to us. Faith starts with believing God exists. Faith is longing for God and longing for what God promises. When we believe that God is who He says He is – and that He’s worth it – our souls will gaze upon Him. And that pleases God! “Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.” ― A.W. Tozer. When God is the object of your faith – your true object of faith – your faith will be put on display in a tangible way.
2) Faith takes action in the unseen. (vs. 11:8-12) Faith takes action. “Abraham framed his entire existence by living in anticipation of the fact that God would be faithful to his promises. In other words, Abraham was faithful in the present because of his confidence in what God would do in the future.” – Albert Mohler. Our faith comes from God’s promises, not God’s provisions. God’s provisions come because we have faith in God’s promises. Faith fails when we require earthly evidence. There is no noun for “faith” in Hebrew. It’s only a verb. When God calls, go with faith. Go even in the unseen. Because God is still there.
3) Faith trusts God’s calling on your life. (vs. Genesis 12:1-3) When our faith begins to falter, one of the best ways to regain the strength is remembering God’s calling on your life. Your life has eternal significance. Believe it. Life your life in that manner. Hold on to the rope. Don’t let go. God’s pulling you somewhere. Our callings become clearer when we move in what we know now.
Go out today with faith that God exists. With faith that knows God is worth it. With faith that knows God is working even in the unseen. With faith that trusts what God is calling you towards.
What would you do if you knew that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)? What would you do if you knew that God’s presence was always with you (Psalm 139)? As Christians, we know these statements are true, but often we fail to apply them in a concrete way. Each week of this series unpacks the story of a biblical character living “as if” God's promises are actually true (and they are!).