Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Hebrews 11.1-2, 32-40 , NIV)
“The whole chapter is good, but 32-35 reminds me that my faith in him can overcome anything.”
When you read the list of things these individuals did by faith, what is your reaction? How do these things compare to the things you do in your own life?
Do you think faith alone would be enough for you to accomplish some of these things listed? Why or why not?
How does knowing God had something in store for them that only came together with us increase your faith?