What Does it Look Like to Walk by Faith?
Hebrews 11 is called the Faith Hall of Fame, describing some of the great heroes of Old Testament faith and their walk with God. I love these 8 descriptors of their lives, picked out of Hebrews 11. They answer the question, “what does walking by faith look like?”
- “he went out, not knowing where he was going” – 8
- “He considered God to be able” – 19
- “they didn’t fear the King’s edict” – 23
- “chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin” – 25
- “his attention was on the reward” – 26
- “he persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible” – 27
- “as though they were on dry land” – 29
- “gained strength after being weak” – 34
This chapter and these descriptors remind me that the Christian life is about trusting God above anything else, believing in God when it seems irrational to do so, and placing hope not in today’s reward but the one to come.
These descriptors shaped into Questions for Reflection:
- Am I willing to take risk and be made uncomfortable because of what I believe about God?
- Do I believe God is able to do the impossible?
- Does the edicts and opinions of this world have more sway over me than God’s desires?
- Am I living for short term pleasure and comfort or for God’s best reward for faithfulness?
- Do I really believe the greater reward for the life of faith is to come? or am I expecting my reward today?
- Can I persevere though I can’t see the end? though I can’t hear God’s audible voice?
- Am I experiencing God’s power to do the impossible sometimes?
- Is my faith and belief in God’s power enough to give me strength when I’m weak?