August 29, 2021 | Jess Rainer
Passage: Hebrews 11:23-28
Faith keeps God as the focal point of your life. Examine if the pattern of your life is consistently interwoven with God.
1) Faith looks back to see the details. (vs. 23) God cares about the details of your life. Here’s the danger when we stop seeing God working in the details: we make bad decisions. Our faith will make calculated risks, not foolish plans. That’s why we don’t lose sight of the details.
2) Faith does not let the world distort what we see. (vs. 24-26) We can’t be friends of God and friends of the world. We can live as a friend of God in the world. But we can’t be both. When we try to live as both, it completely distorts what we see. Own your faith. The world wants to distort your faith so that you believe the faith of those around you is enough faith for you. That’s not how it works. You won’t start seeing God clearly until your faith is your own faith.
3) Faith keeps going by looking ahead. (vs. 27) There are some of you who need to look at the details in the everyday and there are some of you who need to look to the bigger picture of what God is doing. Don’t let the daily chaos of life remove your ability to trust God’s future plan.
4) Faith obeys the command even when the fulfillment isn’t clear. (vs. 28) We believe in a God that turns the irrational into rational. What’s our part? To obey. We might not be able to see how the command God gives us will make sense, but we do it. We have faith in what God calls us to do even when the world around us thinks it’s irrational. Don’t make foolish plans. Do you see how these connect? The calculated risks we make are because we have faith in God’s bigger plan.
What's the secret of keeping God as the focal point of your faith? Read your Bible. Some of you are thumbing through the pages of your life and you are looking for God. It’s becoming hard to keep Him as the focal point. Thumb through the pages of the Bible. You’ll find God there.
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!).