Some of the great lessons that can inspire and instruct us can be found in the biographies of Bible characters. Perhaps the best known chapter that demonstrates this is the book of Hebrews, chapter eleven. There we have what has come to be known as “The hall of faith”. We read of men and women who gained notoriety because of their acts of faith. Although faith will not always make you famous, it will make you acceptable to God. “For without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”(Heb 11:6).
Faith is the only currency of heaven. If you want to attract God and His favor in your life it requires a faith in both His existence and in His character. The scriptures reveal that God is good and rewards His children with good things when they trust in His promises and rely on His faithfulness. Many things that are desired from God require diligent seeking and perseverance to see them come to fruition. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen”(Hebrews 11:1). Sometimes we give up in the middle of “the fight of faith”, quitting, assuming that God doesn’t want to give us those things we have asked of Him. But when we ask according to His will for us we must have confidence that He will answer us. “Jesus told them a parable that they should always pray and not give up”(Luke 18:1 NIV).
Faith will be tested. When the disciples of Jesus were instructed by Jesus to get into the boat and go to the other side of the lake, they were not anticipating that a storm would arise that they were sure would drown them! But as they struggled and toiled in their own strength, Jesus came to them walking on the very thing that threatened them. He did not intend that they drown, but that they trust His word of command, “Go to the other side”. What was the purpose of the test? They were given an upgrade of faith in Him. He is the king that is master of the waves and the sea. When they realized that it was Jesus walking on the boisterous waves they took Him into the boat, and immediately they were at their destination.
Sometimes faith requires that we invite Jesus into our circumstances, though our reason is bypassed, to understand why we have been allowed some great trial or difficulty. But it is in the place of non-reason that we cling to His promise. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you”(Isaiah 43:1b-2a NIV). No. We cannot choose the day or nature of the challenge of faith, but we can choose to rely on the One who has allowed our faith to be tested in order that it be perfected. The mystery of our trial is that God draws nearer to us in time of the enemy’s temptation to doubt the goodness of God. Although God may allow this “sifting of faith”, He will rescue us from the brink of failing. He knows our frame and our weaknesses. ” No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it”(1 Co 10:13 NIV).
Faith has its own unique reward for the individual who trusts. When Peter got out of the boat at the command of Jesus to “Come”, he did what no one but Jesus had done up until that moment. He walked on water, defying the natural laws of nature. Albeit, he did begin to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus. But one cry to the Master put him back on top of the water and then back into the boat! I don’t think Peter ever forgot the experience. Nor did the other disciples who no doubt kept asking Peter, “What it was like to walk on water like Jesus?” Yes. Faith has its reward and lessons learned. Peter learned that faith must have a right focus. Don’t look at the waves. Fix your eyes on Jesus! A.W. Tozer said, “Faith is the gaze of the soul upon a saving God”.
Faith is not a struggle, but rather a leap into the arms of the One who loves us and longs to reward our trust in Him. This is the secret Corrie Ten Boon shared, who survived the horrors of a German concentration camp for rescuing Jews during the WW II. She wrote as testimony to her faith, “You look around…and you’re distressed. You look within…and you’re depressed. You look to Him…and you’re at rest.”
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