"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: The author of Hebrews is defining what faith is for the Jewish Christians in and around Rome and Palestine. He/She is laying the groundwork as they are about to talk about the faith of their ancestors and the actions they took out of obedience. These ancestors were being obedient to a voice that was telling them to do somewhat outlandish things. For example, Noah was warned by God that there would be a flood, but the earth had not seen rain, at least of this magnitude. He was mocked and considered a lunatic by those outside his family. Noah was obedient anyway, out of faith. Do we have that kind of faith? Are we obedient to the voice and will of God that we would step out in faith and do things that could cause those around us to mock us and consider us lunatics? Does our pride get in our way? What is the most risky thing you have done out of obedience to God?
Prayer for today: Today, I pray that we would be so obedient to God that we might just be made fun of by those around us. That we would be obedient to the point that it might cause us to be uncomfortable and seem "risky". I pray that God would speak to us and that we would attentively listen for His call-to-action and that we would act on it without hesitation.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…