HEBREWS 11:1-3, 6, 8-10; JAMES 2:23
What the writer of Hebrews so clearly articulates in the following texts is a central theme of Scripture. Faith is essential to pleasing God:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith, he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city, which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
Abram put God’s promise to the test—he acted on it. He left his father’s house and made the journey to Canaan entering the land near the Sea of Galilee. Defined by the context, faith is: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So important is faith that Abram’s was attributed to him as righteousness. And, as a result of his faith, Abram (later, Abraham) not only lived in the land God promised, but also enjoyed a unique relationship with Him—he was called God’s friend.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.