Hebrews 11 will always remain a favorite chapter of mine and is known by many as the ‘faith chapter.’ The chapter is filled with examples of beautiful lives lived by faith. All of them lived in the tension of the ‘not yets’ between the promise and the promise fulfilled. The chapter begins with Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (emphasis mine). Faith is standing in the space of the ‘not-yet’ and anchoring ourselves to who God says He is. Faith is the bridge we walk on when our experience does not yet match the promise, when we feel disappointment in God, when we feel we have been left alone, when we feel as if we are not forgiven, when we feel unloved by Him or any other way that is contrary to what is promised in Scripture.
I love Hebrews 11:11, “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise” (emphasis mine). Sarah considered God faithful despite what she could see. She didn’t have faith in faith or her ability to believe, but centered her faith on the faithful God. She considered Him faithful. This little statement is the foundation of true faith. This is the question we must answer in our lives if we are to live faith-filled. Do we consider Him faithful? If so, we can anchor our lives to Him even when things go dark. When questions are large, the God who knows all continues to hold our lives in his hands. We can be confident and sure of this even when we can’t see.
Our faith is anchored to the good God, who even when things turn out differently than we expect or hope for, is still good and has our best in mind. God is strong enough to anchor our faith to no matter what is going on in our lives. Let’s put our faith in the God who holds our lives and trust Him in whatever season or circumstance we may find ourselves in. He will be faithful.
"And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Hebrews 11:11 (NIV)
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