Hebrews 11:7 It was by faith that Noah heard God’s warnings about things he could not yet see. He obeyed God and built a large boat to save his family. NCV
Hebrews 11:17 It was by faith that Abraham, when God tested him, offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. God made the promises to Abraham, but Abraham was ready to offer his own son as a sacrifice. NCV
Hebrews 11:23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born. They saw that Moses was a beautiful baby, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s order. NCV
Hebrews 11:29 It was by faith that the people crossed the Red Sea as if it were dry land. NCV
Hebrews 11:30 It was by faith that the walls of Jericho fell after the people had marched around them for seven days. NCV
Hebrews 11:31 It was by faith that Rahab, the prostitute, welcomed the spies and was not killed with those who refused to obey God. NCV
It is hard to know where to stop with listing these verses, yet perhaps what I have included will help us get the point. God’s Heroes of Faith:
1) Chose God Over the World (see yesterday’s devotional)
2) Obeyed God in Whatever He Said
It was foolish for Noah to build a gigantic boat when it had never rained; yet he chose to obey God. It was insane for Abraham to be willing to sacrifice his son; yet he chose to obey God. It was extremely dangerous for Moses’ parents to disobey Pharaoh’s command and not put their son to death; yet they chose to obey God. It was silly for the children of Israel to march around the walls of Jericho in complete silence; yet they chose to obey God. Even to this day, many struggle with Rahab being included in with God’s Heroes of Faith; yet she is there because she chose to obey God.
James tells us that faith without works is dead and can never save us. (James 2:17, 20) Faith that does not translate into some form of obedience is not real faith. If we dig deep into the word ‘faith’, we will discover that at its root it means:
- To listen
- To trust
- To yield
- To comply
True faith always leads to some form of obedience. In each and every situation found in Hebrews 11, God set before His people some impossible task and then called them to obey. By faith, these simple men and women obeyed what God commanded as a result, they are now included among God’s Heroes of Faith.