About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Look at Faith
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see
..." (Heb. 11:1 ) This whole chapter of the book of Hebrews deals with what we
call the "heroes of faith", all of those Old Testament people who were very
strong in faith. We are told to emulate these men and women. I am wondering
though if these men and women lived today if they would be considered people of
faith. In this day when in some circles faith is linked to positive thinking and
believing things into existence, I wonder about the people listed in this chapter.
Why do I wonder? Hebrews 11:13 says, "All these people were still living by
faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised..." Verse
39 says, "These were all commended for their faith yet none of them received what had
been promised..." I do believe that faith is an action word. Faith is
stepping out and doing the work of the Lord, yet what happens when faith's results or
goals do not come about?
I think some of these people might be put down in our day as people with little faith
because they didn't receive the promise. We might say, "they needed more faith,
or stand stronger and be a people of faith".
The whole idea of faith in this chapter is one of perseverance. As verse 13 says,
"All these people were living by faith when they died". They did not give
I do realize that some promises did not come about for those people because they were for
a time to come in the New Testament era. This does not negate the thought of
perseverance in this chapter, and that they still died without the promise.
In this day of "ultra faith" lets give a cheer for those who are still hanging
in, are still in faith, even though they have not received the promise.