Verse of the day
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
How did the elders obtain a good report from God? The bible says it was by faith. They got God’s endorsement by exhibiting a childlike faith towards Him. For them, if God said it, that settled it. They rested their entire being on every word that came from God.
This is why it was said of Abraham that he “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” In God’s reckoning, the way to stand right is to stand steadfast and unmovable in our belief. With the steadfast and unmovable, there is no staggering: as it was again written of Abraham, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”
Abraham’s (as well as all the elders in the cloud of witnesses) faith is such an encouragement for the believer today: “He hoped against hope.” When it was no longer logical or sensible to hope, given the facts of his, and Sarah’s ‘dead’ bodies, he kept on hoping for the promised baby. Yet this indomitable hope was not merely wishful thinking, for when he was asked to offer up Isaac, he obeyed because “he reasoned that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead;”
The life that pleases God is not one that is ignorant of the difficult realities that we are daily confronted with, but one that ignores those realities because of the promise. Know, dearly beloved that, ignoring the reality does not mean living in denial. It does not if we are holding on to a promise because, “we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
Importantly, not only is the life of faith pleasing to God, it is also critical to note that, “without faith, it is impossible to please him.” There is simply no other way to please God that does not include living a life of faith – complete dependence and reliance on God, based on total and implicit trust in his Word. The just (righteous) in fact shall live by faith.
References: Galatians 3:6; Romans 4:20; Hebrews 11:19; Hebrews 11:3; Hebrews 11:6.
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Dear Lord, keep me steadfast and unmovable in every situation as I rely completely on your word.
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