Rachel Wojo's "Genuine Faith Bible Reading Plan" for day 2 was Hebrews 11:1-10. This section is focused on the triumph of faith, and begins, what many call the "Faith Hall of Fame."
Abel's faith was shown through the sacrifice he offered to God, which led to a fit of rage from his brother Cain, whose offering was not as pleasing to God. Cain killed Abel out of this prideful rage and even though Abel died that day, the testimony of his faith lives on. When your days on earth are no longer, will others still talk about your walk of faith, the sacrificed you made for the glory of God?
Enoch lived a life pleasing to God, because of his faith, and Scripture tells us he was "taken up so that he would not see death." (v. 5) Verse 6 speaks volumes to us, today.
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."
This verse tells us that coming to God in faith is a belief in the existence of God, but also the action of "seeking" God.
When things are going well in our lives, it is easy to see God at work. We have to ask ourselves, "When things get tough, do I seek God, or do I become complacent in my quest to seek after God?"
Next, we see Noah. He was a man of faith, so strong, that God warned him of coming danger and gave him directions to be able to save his household. Noah was ridiculed for doing something no one else had done. He was shamed by people for following what God directed him to do because it seemed crazy to the world around him. Verse 7 says,
"By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to his faith."
Noah's inheritance of righteousness was not given because of the work he had done in building the ark, it was given in accordance with his faith. This reminds me of another verse from Ephesians.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
God gifts us with the faith, which will bring us to salvation. He gives us this faith so that we can't boast in what we have done, but what He does. We should be taking a look at our walk of faith. Does it go along with the world, or does it often look out of place to the world around you bringing ridicule and shame from others? I pray that God grants the kind of faith that keeps me obedient to Him, even when those of the world think I am going "overboard" or being "fanatic."
And then there is Abraham. God had made a promise to him that he would receive an inheritance and God called him to go. Abraham had no idea where he was going, but he went, obeying God. He lived in the land of his inheritance as an outsider, a foreigner, in tents, looking for a city in which God would be the architect, builder, and foundation. Does your walk of faith take you to places where it is hard to see God as the designer? Has God called you to be in a place you don't want to be? Whether physically or emotionally, God is in control of your calling. He plans ahead of time, for our walk on this earth. Another verse that confirms this is Acts 17:26-28:
"and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'"
In closing today, I am praying for God to grant me the faith of Abel, to sacrifice for Him daily; for the faith of Enoch, that even when I can't see it, I can have it; the faith of Noah, to be obedient to God, even when ridiculed by the world around me; And the faith of Abraham, to go where God leads, even when the road is a struggle. I pray that I can remember my faith comes from God, it isn't something I can muster up or create, and because He is the author and perfecter of my faith, I can rest in that promise.
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2
*My JPEG Picture was made with graphics from Dreamn4everDesigns and BlueCatDesigns. These were part of the WeBelieveBlogTrain for digital scrapbookers. It was in the train named "Faithful."