Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14 for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.” NRSV
Chapter 11 of Hebrews is the great “faith” chapter of the Bible. As was stated in yesterday’s Thought for the Day, The Book of Hebrews is written much more like a sermon than a letter. In this portion of chapter eleven, Abraham’s faithfulness is on full display. Abraham and his family all died believing and trusting in the promises of God (that Abraham and Sarah would be the parents of a great nation who lived on land provided by God) that they would never see fulfilled. That’s faith! That’s what is meant by “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
My prayer is that as each of us exhibit our own examples of faithfulness, when our time comes, it will be said of us, too, “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God.”
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