Today’s Bible reading is Hebrews chapter 11
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Hebrews chapter 11 has been called God’s hall of fame. The entire chapter describes men and women of faith who loved God and pleased the Lord. This chapter is filled with names, but let’s zero in on the first three. First, Abel was a man of faith who by his faith worshiped God. Abel’s sacrifice to God was a testimony to the Lord. His worship was accepted and well pleasing to the Lord, and continues to speak to us today. The next man of faith is Enoch. By faith Enoch walked with God. Enoch’s walk of faith was pleasing to the Lord. Enoch did not die, but was taken up to heaven by way of rapture. Anything that is not of faith is sin, and is not worth doing. Enoch pleased God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. In order to please God we must believe that He is, and that it is worthwhile to seek Him. The next person mentioned in God’s hall of fame is Noah. Noah was a man of faith who by his faith worked for God. God’s revelation stirred Noah’s heart, and he moved into action in response to his faith. With every blow of Noah’s hammer he was a witness to the people about God. We have God’s revelation today because we have the complete canon of Scripture. God’s revelation to us should move us into action to work for God. Noah’s work resulted only in the saving of His family. No other people survived. If our lifetime of laboring for the Lord only results in our winning just our family to Christ, then it will have been worth all the blood, sweat, and tears.
Prayer: “Dear Father, we come to You in believing faith, we believe You for answered prayer, we give ourselves by faith completely to You. May You fulfill Your purpose in us and through us, for Your glory we pray. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron