Gracious God, as the evening falls and the dusk of night appears, there is comfort in knowing you are still God, the One who has promised to love and keep us forevermore. Release me from the burdens of this day and open my soul to receive your goodness. In the stillness of this evening I rest in you, God, and meditate upon your goodness. Shelter me from the hands of your enemy. Give me rest. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Daily Archives: April 10, 2021
1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV)
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 (ESV)
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
“By faith he sojourned” (Hebrews 11:9)
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has been described as possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world. Yet much of the time, this majestic structure is shrouded in fog. Driving across it takes a small leap of faith because you may not be able to see the road ahead of you!
Similarly, Abraham kept going forward, even when he couldn’t exactly see the path ahead. When he heard God say, “Go forth from your land…and I will bless you,” he had no idea where God was leading him (Genesis 12:1-2). He could only travel by faith. It was only by faith that he was able to leave his home and make such a long journey – faith that God had a good plan for his life.
Though most of us will not be called to leave our homes behind, God wants to give us the same kind of faith that Abraham had. To receive it, we have to both ask for it and then put it into practice. Like many gifts we receive – a new appliance, a new computer, or a new phone – it won’t do us much good unless we learn how to us it.
All of us have times when we are confused. We don’t know where to go. We fear what lies ahead of us. At times like that, we can put our faith into practice by continuing on the path before us. With each step we can say, “Jesus, I know you are with me. I believe you have good things in store for me. I know that you have not abandoned me.” As we move forward, our stride will become more confident, and our view will become clearer. That’s because each step forward is a yes to God, and he always responds to our faith.
It’s not always easy to walk in faith, just as it’s not always easy to cross the Golden State Bridge. But as we take one step and then another and then another, we’ll find our faith growing stronger. We’ll also find the joy that can come only from following the Lord. And we’ll find God supporting and leading us into a future that is more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
Father, thank you for the gift of faith! Help me to take one more step forward today. Amen.