We have faith in Christ and we believe in a faithful God. We are told that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13) and that by our faith we will gain eternal life (John 3:15). Faith is what Christ assures us can move mountains—literally (Matthew 20:21).
The Bible sure says a lot about faith and, as we near the end of Holy Week, we once again turn to our faith that Christ is risen and will come again. During this time, let’s revisit the meaning of faith and why it’s so important for us as Christians. Hebrews 11 really gets to the heart of this and how it is that we as Christians come to understanding through faith in God.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, faith is our commitment and complete confidence in Christ’s life, teachings and dying for us. By our faith we can be sure of the things which we hope for and know that God is real even though He is not seen. At the same time, we also have faith that this world, which can be seen and touched, was created by God who is unseen.
Faith is witnessed as early as the dawn of history. Let’s look at some great examples of people who lived and died in faith as recounted by Hebrews 11:
Enoch: Enoch’s story is shared in the book of Genesis and he is well-known for one very important thing: he did not die, rather God “had taken him away.” Genesis 5 also says that Enoch walked faithfully with God. Hebrews 11 says that “before he was taken he had this testimony.”
Noah: Noah, an ancestor of Enoch, had been divinely warned of things that were not yet seen. Moved with godly fear, he took faith in that and built an ark for the saving of his household, which left him condemned by the world. But, as Hebrews says, he “became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Abraham: Abraham was extremely faithful and obeyed God when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive inheritance—despite the fact that he had no clue where he was going. Imagine if God called to you today in this same way; would you be able to leave everything and venture out not knowing where you’re going? Hebrews says that “by faith [Abraham] dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country.” This is an example of truly unshakeable faith.
Sarah: By Sarah’s faith she was able to conceive a child well past childbearing age, “because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”
There are so many more amazing examples given in Hebrews 11 of those who beamed with faith, including Joseph, Moses, and David and Samuel who subdued kingdoms. All of these people overcame insurmountable obstacles with faith, and we can too. We encourage you to read Hebrews 11 this Easter weekend as you celebrate the Risen Lord, who we have faith will bring us to our final homeland one day.
Remember: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a reward of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)