February 3, 2014

hebrews11-1b

Hebrews 11:1-12

Faith is the conviction of things as yet unseen. “For example,” Luther said, “the resurrection has not yet taken place and does not yet exist in substance; but hope makes it a reality in our soul.” (Luther’s Works, vol 29) After a while of being with God, assurance buoys up a person with sure and certain hope in what others might consider folly.

How does one develop such faith? Or, as James would state it, how might one show such faith? (James 2:18) Abraham showed his faith by walking with God. (Gen 17:1) He was faithful because he kept walking with God after God promised Abraham a seemingly impossible thing that would not become reality for years. Abraham believed God (Gen 15:6) and did not swerve from faith—even when his wife scorned God’s promise. (Gen 18:12)

The Patriarch kept walking. This is faith. Continuing to walk with God is the conviction that by the end of the road, God will fulfill his promises. Keep walking. The reward is not within sight but the One who promised is very much alive within you. His promise is as good as the substance. 

Prayer: May your peace, O Christ, attend me and strengthen me to continue walking with you by faith. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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