“By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, ￼quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. ￼Women received their loved ones back again from death.” 11:33-35
As we wait out the pandemic, here’s a faith-boosting exercise:
-Read Hebrews 11 out loud. At the very least, read the above verses aloud. (I love the writing voice of whoever wrote Hebrews, it’s so powerful and creative!)
-Write down your story, summarized by what you have done “by faith”. What choices or decisions in your life mark your faith?
Notice that the author of Hebrews doesn’t describe faith as believing that everything will be fine. Faith is disregarding the fleeting desires of this life and prioritizing the eternal promises of the next.
What does practicing your faith look like right now? For me, it’s remembering that God is bigger than plagues, illness and fear. It’s claiming that my worst case scenario isn’t losing this life or the people in it. It’s leaning away from the world’s anxious presence and into His peaceful one.
This is a great time to take notice of how your faith holds up when it’s tested. I’m so thankful for a book of stories of people who have trusted God!