Date: Monday, August 25
Verse: Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. (Hebrews 11:1)
We use the word hope for a variety of things. We hope the Broncos win the Super Bowl this year, and we hope our kids do well in school. We hope those test results are negative, and hope we studied enough for an exam. We hope it snows enough to cancel school tomorrow, and we hope for peace in the Middle East. Sometimes when we want to express a little more certainty that we know the outcome, we will say we have faith in what will happen. We use faith to talk about things we believe to be true even without evidence. But that is not the way this passage uses them. For the author of Hebrews the words faith and hope are action words which are meant to be lived out.
I have often heard Hebrews 11:1 quoted, but to fully understand it, one needs to read the rest of the chapter. Sometimes called the “Old Testament Hall of Fame,” the author of Hebrews runs down a list of Old Testament characters to talk about their faith. Faith is living out of a different framework than the one used by the rest of the world. It caused Noah to build an Ark before it started raining. It made Abraham pack up his tent and leave, not knowing where he was going but certain he would get there. Faith caused Moses to think he could stand up to the Pharaoh and attain freedom for the enslaved Hebrew people. Faith and hope are not in the realm of wishes. They cause people to do some illogical things to the glory of God.
This week we are going to be focusing on hope — we are going to be looking at how the unseen world around us allows us to live a different life. It isn’t just a wish. It isn’t just a guess. It is knowing something new and different and acting on it. As Christians, we aren’t people of wishes. We are people of hope and faith!
Prayer: Infuse me, Lord Jesus, with the faith and hope that can change the world. Amen.
Action: Ponder this: What crazy thing might God be calling you to?
Respond: What are some things you hope for?
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