What’s A Journey Without Faith?
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” -Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Growing up in a Christian household has its perks. You hear things like, “You gotta have faith that can move mountains” or “Walk by faith, not by sight.” Thus, as a little girl, I knew that having faith was important but it wasn’t until I grew older, into a young adult, that I realized living by faith is not an extremely easy thing to do. It was through the many obstacles and tough situations I’ve experienced in life that allowed me to grow in my faith. Hence, the reward goes far beyond what we can even imagine!
This journey called life includes tests and challenges and if we’re living as disciples of Christ, this life journey would not be possible without the direction of the Lord. By faith we can go places we would not have dreamed of, do things known to man to be impossible, and say things that only God can equip us to say. I’d like to think that trials and tribulations are the iron that sharpens my sword called faith which will lead me to victory against my enemies.
Hebrews 11 gives us many examples of the stories and situations in the bible that were led by faith:
- The universe was formed at God’s command (v. 3, Genesis 1:1).
- Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain and was commended as a righteous man (v. 4, Genesis 4:4).
- Enoch walked with God and God was pleased with him (v. 5 and Gen. 5:24)
- Noah built an ark without having yet seen the waters (v.7, Genesis 6-8)
- Abraham went to a place to receive his inheritance without knowing where he was going (vv. 8-10, Genesis 12:1-5)
- Abraham was able to become a father even though he was old and Sarah was barren (vv. 11-12, Genesis 21:1-2)
- Abraham was tested and offered Isaac as a sacrifice (vv. 17-19, Genesis 22:1-19)
- Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau (v. 20, Genesis 27)
- Jacob, while he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons (v. 21, Genesis 48)
- Joseph spoke about the exodus of Israel and spoke instructions regarding his bones (v. 22, Genesis 50:24-25)
- Moses’ parents hid him for 3 months after he was born when they saw he was a fine child (v. 23, Exodus 2:1-4)
- Moses refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to be mistreated with the people of God (vv. 24-26, Exodus 2:11-15)
- Moses left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger (v. 27, Exodus 12:40-42)
- Moses kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood (v. 28, Exodus 13:1-16)
- The Israelites passed through the Red sea on dry land while the Egyptians drowned (v. 29, Exodus 14)
- The walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days (v. 30, Joshua 6:20)
- Rahab was not killed because she welcomed the spies (v. 31, Joshua 2)
Verses 32-38 of Hebrews 11 go on to explain all the other people who lived by faith and gained victory as a result. There are so many instances and so many descriptions on what happens when you live a faith-filled life.
So what’s a journey without faith? What more can we accomplish if we continue to live a life by faith?