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Immerse: Messiah - Week 13, Day 64

Faith

I told myself I wasn’t going to write about Hebrews 11. Everyone always writes about Hebrews 11. I think I’ve written about Hebrews 11 already this year. Do any other chapters in Hebrews exist?! It’s hard to say because we hear about Hebrews 11 all the time.

I was set to write about James. I love the book of James. I literally had the entire book of James memorized a few years ago. In fact, here’s a picture of James from one of my journaling Bibles:
Yet as I was reading this week’s material from Immerse: Messiah, it was Hebrews 11 that captured my attention. Maybe it’s because I needed to hear and apply a lesson about faith again. Maybe you need to hear about faith as well. After all, it can be difficult to hold on to faith and hope when faced with so many trials. So as you read through Hebrews 11 (pages 382-384) this week, here are a few reminders for all of us regarding faith.

1. Faith obeys.
Faith obeys when God speaks. The individuals in Hebrews 11 obeyed God. No matter what He told them to do, they followed through. They faced unprecedented times as well. Noah obeyed God “who warned him about things that had never happened before,” a.k.a. rain. “Abraham obeyed God…without knowing where He was going.” God speaks. Faith obeys.

2. Faith looks ahead.
Faith has vision to see beyond current circumstances. Faith believes, just like Sarah, “that God [will] keep his promise.” Faith makes plans for an unseen future, like Joseph when he “said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt.” We can’t always see the outcome of our faith. We can’t always see the results of our prayers or our hard work. We can’t always see how things are going to work out. God makes promises. Faith looks ahead to those promises.

3. Faith keeps on going.
Faith doesn’t always make sense. In fact, often times, faith goes against common sense. By faith, Moses left the treasures of Egypt and “kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” By faith, the Israelites “went right through the Red Sea though they were on dry ground.” Can we please never forget how phenomenal this miracle is? God dried up the ground for them to walk through a body of water in order to escape from their captors. God calls us to face impossible odds. Faith keeps on going.

Faith obeys. Faith looks ahead. Faith keeps on going. Hold on to faith, friends. Know you’re not alone in your impossible and unprecedented situation. Know God keeps His promises. You may not see the results right away, or even in your lifetime, but God has something in store – a reward for those who seek Him in faith.

- Angela Hastings