Tuesday, March 2
Contributed by Matt Brough
Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for
and assurance about what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter. In it we read examples from the Hebrew
scriptures of the heroes of faith: Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Moses, and many
more. Each one of these looked ahead to something better. They clung to
God’s promises despite the very difficult circumstances of their lives. And life
certainly isn’t easy. Doubt easily creeps in, we can feel deficient and defeated,
the news of the world is rarely good, our churches are empty (really empty
over this past year!).
We would love some assurance that contrary to what we see in life, that
everything will be okay. The reality is that faith is "the assurance about what
we do not see.” Faithfully persevering in the way of Christ regularly runs
counter to the narrative of the world. When we ask what might cause us to
stick with it, the answers might sound absurd from the world's standpoint: The
Holy Spirit, the great cloud of witnesses, regular reading of Scripture, simple
daily prayer, community with other believers.
The verse leading into Hebrews 11 is a rallying cry for persevering with bold
faith: "But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but
among those who have faith and so are saved." (Hebrews 10:30)
We who follow Jesus are not among those who "shrink back." No—we are
people who stand firm. We persevere. We have faith.
God of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, Mary and Joseph, keep us on
track. Do not let us shrink back, but increase our faith, and keep our eyes
fixed on Jesus, in whose name we pray, Amen.
Matt Brough is Minister of Prairie Presbyterian Church and Director of CyclicalPCC, a Church
Planting initiative of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. A SAH/VST grad, Matt is an author
and podcaster, living in Winnipeg with his wife, Cheryl, and their daughter, Juliet.
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