God’s Hall Of Fame
I am being exiled to an island for the rest of my life. I am told that with my personal belongings are am allowed only one chapter to take with me from the bible. With out hesitation I say, “that’s a no brainer, give me Hebrews 11, the faith chapter.”
That chapter is the bible’s equivalent of the Academy Awards with its red carpet entrance of stars, the who’s who of the bible story world, those that could be nominated for best supporting actor in an action story or best story or best story writer and etc and etc.
Think about who Paul called out as examples of faith. Abraham, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Abel, Enoch, Rahab, Joseph, Moses, Sarah, Gideon, Barak, Samson, David, Samuel. The list can go on.
Here are men and women who are just like us, the same desires, fears, longings, weaknesses but most of all, a love and fear of God that pulls us along to want to be men and women of faith.
They were from all walks of life. They were men and women of like passions not much different to us. Most, ordinary people just like me and you and yet God chose to speak to them.
When God spoke, they listened but they more than listened. They believed. They were willing to believe things that were way outside the box. Then they were willing to act on it.
Don’t think for a moment that their situations were much different to ours. God tells Noah that not only was it going to rain but He wanted them to build a boat to save themselves.
Noah goes to the Mrs.
“Hey honey, you’re not going to believe this. God just told me to build a boat.”
“Build a boat.”
What in the name of God is a boat.
“Apparently it’s what you live in when it rains so hard there is no dry land.”
“Noah, you come in right now out of the sun and lay down.”
You don’t think it took some hard sell to get his family to believe?
“Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we are to go out and get two animals of every kind to stay with us on the boat for a while”
I’ve come home myself with some pretty wild ideas and the reception would freeze water in the Sahara Desert.
But the difference in these men of faith of yesteryear was they not only heard from God, they believed what He had to say and then acted on what God told them, hell or high water.
But the kicker is this, many never saw the manifestation of the promises of God. He never said he was going to bring it to pass in their lifetime. Quite the opposite, Paul says in Hebrews 11, “these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them and confessed that they were pilgrims and strangers on the earth.
Many of these men and women of God believed knowing that they may never see the fulfillment of God’s promise to them in their life time.
Unfortunately we lived in a fast food, everything has to happen now generation.
But one thing we can be sure of is that “all things change but Jesus never”. In other words God’s process is the same for us today as it was for those bible characters of old.
Listen, believe and then obey what God tells you to do no matter how crazy it seems. Leave the rest to God, in His way and in His time.
God’s Hall Of Fame – Abraham