One of my big thrills was touring the Hockey Hall of Fame. The feats of Dryden, Beliveau, Keon and others were immortalized. I walked around starry-eyed, while flickering black and white images of Hockey Night in Canada scrolled through my mind. It was great!
Hebrews 11, too, is a Hall of Fame. It highlights those great men and women whose faith triumphed over the many hardships on the way. Heroes like Abraham, Moses, David, and of all people, Rahab the prostitute! What made these saints heroes was their resolve to trust God’s promises even when logic, circumstance and people combined to convince them otherwise.
Take Abraham; 99 years old when God told him he and Sarah would have a son. And Abraham believed. Logic, and I am sure all their friends and associates, must have told them, “Don’t listen. It won’t happen.” But Abraham believed. What faith.
Are we heroes of the faith? You bet. We believe that in Jesus, God came to rescue the world, that even death would not deter Jesus’ mission. We confess this every week. We believe that God is with us, even when things go terribly wrong, like cancer, tragedy and death.
We won’t be written up in Hebrews 11, but we do find our names in the Book of Life. Hallelujah!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for faith. Amen. — DAB