Our faith – whether strong or weak – reveals our level of confidence in what we hope for, and the assurance about matters for which we cannot see the outcome (Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7).
Enoch is my Biblical hero. He walked with God continually, and one day God just took him to His home (Genesis 5:22-24). Enoch did not enter his reward through death, God translated Him into Heaven (Hebrews 11:5).
Enoch’s presence was sorely missed by his son Methuselah and the rest of his family, but His faith inspired them all. Noah, Enoch’s great grandson, is another man of faith. This dear man faithfully preached to his community for 120 years, while he and his sons built a gargantuan boat.
Not one person believed Noah’s preaching, but God saved him and his family during the great flood that covered the entire earth (Genesis 6:9). Abraham, another Saint of God, walked faithfully before the Lord in spite of his moments of lack of faith (Genesis 17:1).
Jesus is our resurrection and our life (Colossians 3:3-4; James 1:3). Even when our body dies and goes to the grave, our soul and spirit live on and will never die (John 11:25-26).
By our faith as authentic Believers, Jesus dwells within our spirit; and through His Spirit, He strengthens us with His power in our soul – our mind, will and emotions (Ephesians 3:16-17).
As we serve the Lord, He guarantees us that we shall receive whatever we need to accomplish His will (Mark 11:24). Even when we struggle to have faith, He helps our unbelief (Mark 9:24).
Father God, whenever we waver in our faith, we act like a wave in the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind (James 1:6). Without faith, it is impossible to please You, because when we come to You, You want us to believe that You exists and that You reward those who earnestly seek You (Hebrews 11:6).
Even though we have never seen You, we love You so very much, and we believe that You have our best interest at heart. We are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy at the thought of our salvation in Christ, and that You fill our heart with the faith of Jesus, who resides within us (1 Peter 1:8-9; John 11:40).
Thought for the Day:
Our God of hope fills us with His joy and peace as we trust in Him; we end up overflowing with hope by the power of His Spirit, because we know that when our faith is tested, it teaches us endurance. – Romans 15:13; James 1:3