Faith in Action
Day: 37 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Hebrews 11
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Throughout Scripture, we see the word faith mentioned numerous times. We read intriguing stories about men and women who exemplified great faith in the midst of difficult circumstances. But what exactly is faith and why is it so important for us today?
Take a look at what Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Faith is being sure and certain. It’s having complete assurance and trust in something or someone. It’s believing in action first—even before we experience a hopeful outcome or receive fulfillment of a promise made.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always eager to have greater faith. Even the disciples who lived and ministered with Jesus begged for more faith. Jesus responded to them explaining that even small faith (the size of a mustard seed) had the potential to grow in their hearts, allowing them to experience great things from God. (Luke 17:5-6)
But that was then … what about now? Why is faith so important for us today? Take a look at our key verse:
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
The last thing I want to do is displease God and I’m sure you don’t want to either. So how can we obtain the kind of faith that pleases Him?
Faith isn’t something we’re born with or something we can produce in our own strength. Faith is actually a gift from God, just like grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9) We can’t work harder to earn faith. We only need to ask God for it, just like the disciples did.
When God plants the seed of faith within us, it begins to flourish as we hear His Word spoken (Romans 10:17) and we allow it to transform us from the inside out, through the renewing of our thoughts. (Romans 12:2)
God promises to strengthen our faith and reward us for earnestly seeking Him, even if our faith has been bruised or feels weak.
Friend, when you seek God with all your heart, He promises to listen and respond to you. (Jeremiah 29:12-13) As your relationship grows and your love deepens for Him, you will experience the most heart-drenching fullness of joy. And the greatest reward you’ll ever receive through faith is the sweet salvation of your soul. (1 Peter 1:8-9)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the gift of faith. Help me to look beyond my current circumstances and to trust You completely so that my faith can flourish. When my faith becomes bruised by the heartaches of this world, remind me of Your loving presence, so I can receive encouragement and have my faith strengthened again. I believe You are who You say You are and You can do what You say You will do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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