HEBREWS 11 has been called "the hall of faith"—and for good reason. Beginning with one of the first people on earth, the author traces the essential quality of faith through Hebrew history, highlighting ten great men and women.
HEBREWS 11 has been called "the hall of faith"—and for good reason.
Beginning with one of the first people on earth, the author traces the
essential quality of faith through Hebrew history, highlighting ten great
men and women. Abraham receives extended treatment as the writer follows
his spiritual journey through its heights, down into its depths, and back
up again. In a short space, Abraham is measured and found worthy of
The author begins his assessment of Abraham's high points with these words:
"It was by faith that Abraham . . ." The words "by faith" are the most
important part of Abraham's story. He responded based on belief—not because
he could see what was ahead, not because he had a printout of what the
future held, not because he could calculate a return on his investment for
this venture. "By faith" means he willingly exchanged the known for the
unknown—all because he trusted in God.
Great rewards await if you obey without knowing all the details. It's a
principle God wants each of His followers to experience. Learning to trust
Him is like making a journey step after step. Faith builds upon faith. When
we trust, we receive unexpected blessings. This strengthens our confidence and inspires us to trust God again as we
take another step.
God wants us to grow in faith, not only because we need Him, but also
because it's good for us. It stretches us beyond our comfort zone. Way
beyond. We need to know the experience of embarking on an endeavor we've
never tried before. We need to know that, with His help, we can safely
tackle any challenge and take the risk of getting in over our heads. We
need to know that when God calls us to a task, He will give us what we need
When has God called you to do something out of your comfort zone? What
rewards and blessings came as a result?
Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.