Hebrews 11: Do You Have Faith In God?
Verse of the Day: (V6) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
1. What Is Faith? (V1-3)
V1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith in God is not something vague, but it is a substance, which we truly hope in God. Though we cannot see God, yet we can see His awesome creation of nature just by His words – the deep blue sky and seas, the snow-capped mountains and beautiful valleys and flowers, as well as experience His abundant love, amazing grace and everlasting mercy.
V3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
2. Why Have Faith (V4-6)
V4 “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”
Faith is the key to open God’s kingdom, and without it, we can never please Him. Let us have faith in God, just like many of the saints of the Old Testament, who diligently sought God, and though they suffered on earth, yet God eventually rewarded them with His home in glory. In fact, Enoch did not even taste death, but went straight to heaven!
V5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
3. Who Have Faith? (V7-40)
V37 “They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;”
Since the day of Adam and until today, all who come to God must have faith in Him. During the Old Testament, they had faith in God when they looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus, the Son of God, who shall die for the sins of the world. Today, we have faith in God when we believe that Jesus already came and died for us, and is now at the right hand of the throne of God interceding for us that we should all be perfect in Him.
V40 “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to have faith in You, and be perfect as You are perfect.