Faith (that) Speaks
Read Hebrews 11:1-6
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews 11:4
When I was younger, we used to do a simple trust activity. People would be partnered up and one person would stand a safe distance behind the other to catch the person as they fell backwards. It always seemed simple enough to do. However, when it came down to actually falling, hesitations would begin. No matter how much the receiver tried, sometimes the reassurance was not enough to motivate their partner to release.
In chapter 11, the author of the book of Hebrews commends biblical heroes who demonstrated great faith. To others, these ancients had readily taken the plunge again and again because they knew God was there, however distant He seemed. These individuals did not passively trust God, but their belief led them to take action. Their belief did not simply rest in their minds, but it spurred them to wait, build, offer sacrifices and more. Essentially, faith is what sustained their relationship with God, and became the hallmark for how they navigated life.
By the grace of God, faith is what allows us to come into relationship with Him (Ephesians 2:8). Even still, faith is not only necessary at the time of salvation. We are to continually exemplify a life of faith as we mature as believers. In particular, our faith should translate into concrete actions or steps. Our faith must characterize our lifestyles and our faith should SPEAK. When faith speaks, our actions reflect a wholehearted trust in God because we are totally convinced that He is always present. Therefore, we can put our trust in Him because we know we are not trusting in anyone that will falter or fail. And regardless of how far away He seems, we know we can partner with Him because He is the only one who is always guaranteed to receive us as we release all control to Him.
Furthermore, having faith that speaks is directly based on the conviction that God responds to faith. The actions we undertake are not futile or in vain because we know that it is God who commissions us and reassures us along the way. So rather than just taking risks blindly, we actively hold God to His word and trust Him to do what He said He will do. Since God’s character is revealed through His Word, we can trust God to be infallible – in every way that human beings are not. Unlike us mortals, God’s character is not dependent on circumstances or seasons. He remains constant to continually support us as the foundation of our faith.
As we approach God with great faith, we will leave a lasting legacy that speaks to future generations.
Do you have faith that speaks?
What are some of the actions you have taken which reflect your faith?
Prayer: Father God, I thank You for introducing me to Yourself through faith. God, I do not want to stay in the same place with my faith, but I desire to have a faith that speaks. I pray that I would take the action required and expected of me as I trust You to respond to my faith. In Jesus name, Amen.
Written by Deborah Nimoh