Saturday 31 March, 2018
29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Faith. I know I need it. Clearly it’s helpful and has an impact on the lives of those in the Old Testament.
But do I really understand what it is? Do I really know how I can get more?
I know that Christ taught that if I have faith the size of a mustard seed, then I can move mountains. If I haven’t seen any physical mountains move recently, does that mean my faith is that small?
At the beginning of this chapter I read that faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the assurance of what is not yet seen. If I don’t feel assured of something, does that mean I don’t have faith for it?
While I know that faith is essential for me to be able to walk my life with Christ and to grow in intimacy with God, but I am finding that the more I learn about faith throughout my life, the more I realise how much there is to learn!
Lord, this journey of faith is one of adventure! Thanks for always encouraging me along the way and for giving me relationships with people along the way so that I can learn, grow, and follow their example in faith.
Written by Ps. Justin Ware