Saturday, July 14

Faith does

Scripture: Isaiah 19-21, Hebrews 11

Observation:

I love the passage in Isaiah 19 the predicts the day when Egypt, Assyria and Israel will all worship the Lord together!  May that day come soon!

I noticed in Hebrews 11 that faith almost always results in action.  Sometimes the results of faith were passive—the believer received something from God—as in Enoch being taken away, Sarah receiving power to conceive.  But most of the time, when someone had faith, they acted; they did what God asked.  Faith does.

  • By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice
  • By faith Noah built an ark
  • By faith Abraham obeyed and went
  • By faith Abraham offered up Isaac
  • By faith Isaac blessed his sons
  • By faith Moses chose to suffer with his people
  • By faith Moses left Egypt behind and instituted the Passover
  • By faith the Israelites crossed the Red Sea
  • By faith the Israelites obeyed and the walls of Jericho fell down
  • By faith Rahab welcomed the spies

And so on…

Application

Faith is not just mental assent; it is believing so much that you act on it.  Faith doesn’t exist just in your head or heart, but in your hands and feet too.  

In Hebrews 11, faith led to heroic action.  But most days are ordinary and don’t require heroic action.  Even on those days, faith acts, but in smaller, simpler, ordinary ways: daily acts of devotion and obedience that we do because we believe.  

James reminds us that faith without deeds (action) is dead.  Living faith acts.  Faith does.

Prayer:  Lord, I believe you.  Help me translate that belief into action today—all day long.