June 27, 2022
1 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.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Yesterday we saw the faith of Rahab beginning. Not fully formed, but seeing that these spies were coming on behalf of a people who followed the God of the whole creation. It starts as a fear of what will come upon her, her family and her people. And it becomes inclusion into being part of the people of God, including being part of the line of David and later of Jesus. None of which she will see or understand in her life-time.
There are many who displayed faith out of their lives. And those accounts of their lives often include their failures right along with their faith. Moses doubted and questioned his call as he stood before the burning bush. Yet seen as one of the great heroes of faith. David will take another man’s wife and have him killed. Yet seen as the great king and the author of many Psalms. A hero of faith with flaws.
Faith will not mean we get everything right. Our faith does not guarantee we will figure out the best way to live out our faith each time. But it will take us back to the in whom we have faith. It takes us back to the God of all creation. It takes us back to the gospels and the Saviour, Jesus, who restores us. It takes us to the transformative work of the Spirit in us. Faith means that I follow, even though I don’t know all things.
Our faith may seem to be in beginning stages, like Rahab. Faith may seem to be in places like David, where we have been placed in God’s people, yet still fail. We may be with Moses, wondering about the way we are called, even at his age of ~80. But the gift of faith is in us, working in us, helping us to have that hope and believe when it is not always easy to believe. But faith holds us in hope and assurance.
Song – You Never Let Go
Ever-living God, guard, your servants, with your protecting hand and let your Holy Spirit be with us forever. Lead us to know and obey your Word, that we may serve you in this life and dwell with you forever in the life to come, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.