Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.
1. It is only by faith that we can receive God’s approval. (v. 2 and 39) Without faith, we cannot be fully used by God.
2. To gain a better understanding of faith, the words “by faith” were used about 20 times. Openly conveying the results of having faith.
3. By faith we understand God’s handy work, offer more acceptable services, gain God’s approval, build great things, overcome tremendous obstacles and hardship, are obedient, defy physical limitations, offer all we are and have to God, confidently speak about God, take a stand, are fearless, take charge and lead, give our blessings and support, receive all that God intended, and are right in God’s sight.
4. Despite this great faith, we will only receive God’s promised prize when we finish the race He has set before us.
When my children were little we went sledding down a big hill. In their little eyes, it must have looked enormous. We heard the laughter and saw bodies tossed and scattered. As I sat on the sled, I told my son to jump on my lap. He looked down the hill, at me, down at the hill, and at me again and then said, “Okay Dad! Let’s go”.
Perhaps life is like that hill; scary, exciting, loved ones scattering, and at times defying all logic. Yet, our Father says to us, “jump on”. It is the knowledge of His great love for us that impels us to jump on. My son jumped on because he loved me and he knew of my devoted love for him. He knew, all would be just fine as long as he was with dad. With his childlike faith, as long as he was with dad there was no task too big.
How is faith measured? In Mat 17:20, Jesus states that having even a small quantity of faith, as much as a mustard seed, that mountains can be moved and nothing was impossible. The children in Mat. 18:3 were unafraid and wanted to be with Jesus. Jesus told Peter to “jump on” and, defying logic, both walked on water. Why not, he was with his Father.
Loving and patient Father. You have never left me. You have always provided for me according to your will. Give me the faith to walk on water, be obedient, fearless, and just jump on. In your name I pray, Amen.