I’ve been studying the fruits of the Spirit and today’s devotion from She Reads Truth was about faithfulness. Specifically, living lives of faithfulness. The scripture reading was Hebrews 11:1-40 and Proverbs 3:1-4.
Hebrews 11 is known as the Hall of Faith because it lists Biblical heroes and their lives of faithfulness. The chapter mentions Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses (as well as a few others). Each of these individuals were commanded to go forth with God’s mission without knowing any details.
They remained faithful to God and the work he called them to do. They knew what was unseen in Heaven was far greater than what lay before them on Earth.
Hebrews 11:39-40 reads,
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Those two verses stuck out to me.
These individuals are praised for living lives of faithfulness. Their stories are some of the most well-read stories of the Bible. In fact, aside from Jesus, they are some of the most well-known characters in the Bible!
They persevere through their circumstances by looking at them through eternal lenses rather than earthly ones. Although they can’t see what lies ahead, they are confident the best is yet to come.
They found their innermost satisfaction in God and desired nothing else but to please Him. As a result, they stay faithful and true to the very end.
They floated in a boat as God flooded the earth. They walked through deserts, were arrested, and were asked to sacrifice their one and only son.
Every single one of them chose God’s promises over their earthly comfort, and “they did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13).
It is through their faithfulness we see the importance of putting our faith in God and His promises. No matter what trials come our way.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that He awards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
God arranges our lives in a way that gives Him maximum glory, and each member of the Hall of Faith (that never gets old, hahaha) understood this. They were ready and willing to be used, as is.
They “took the faith they were given and walked in faithfulness to God’s promise, a promise they believed but could not yet see” (She Reads Truth, Fruit of the Spirit: Day 9).
It is their faith in God, not the size of their faith, that enables them to live lives of faithfulness.
God wants to use us to make an eternal difference in this world for His Kingdom.
This happens every time we lay aside our selfish hopes and wishes for a purpose bigger than ourselves, a promise we cannot see but one that exists nonetheless.
“Our Lord doesn’t require perfection or faith the size of a mountain. He asks for a humble heart willing to stand fast wherever He leads” (She Reads Truth, Fruit of the Spirit: Day 9).
Regardless of our circumstances, we are called to have faith and be confident in what is not seen.
God has prepared a place for those who live lives of faithfulness.
There is a holy and heavenly city waiting for you and me.
It is my prayer that as we walk through the mountains and the valleys, our faith remains steadfast and firm in God’s promises until the very end.