The faith journey is a lot like a visit to the DMV. You want to be someplace else, but feel stuck. I find much of the Christian life is waiting on God. To be frank, I find God's customer service worse than the DMV. At least the DMV had a cue system that told me where my place was in line. It gave me a sense of anticipation on when my turn for service would arrive.
God has no system. I often feel like I am in His waiting room with no cue system and no way to know how long I will be here.
I want us to look at the topic of faith. The author of Hebrews does not define faith as much as describe it. We will start by looking at the life of Abraham and see if we can garner the courage to wait of God.
Faith is a word often used, but rarely explained. It is used as a synonym for religion, hope, beliefs and spirituality. In this series, I want us to define faith through the lives of those exemplified it.
Rather than provide lexical studies or etymological research on the word,
the author of Hebrews simply says, "Let me show..." (Hebrews 11).
I want us to look at three lives who exemplified faith. Three people who took seriously the bravery and bizarreness of this virtue.
There is always a temptation to dial down biblical truths to fit our current reality. We either elevate the Biblical character as the exception or exempt ourselves from stepping into dynamics that just seem out there.
Let's take a fresh look on a familiar theme
And find a new perspective on the course of our lives.
"Through faith [they] conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised" (Hebrews 11:33).