Today’s Bible reading is the famous “Hall of Faith”, listing the great accomplishments of the Old Testament heavyweights of faith. The writer of the book cites numerous examples of people we should look up to who lived by faith.
He adds, “And without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV) The opposite is also true: With faith it is possible to please Him. All of these spiritual giants lived by faith and thereby pleased God. So what does it mean to “live by faith”?
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV) The writer of Hebrews says at the beginning of this chapter that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV) Given that faith is the noun form of the verb, “Believe”, we can rephrase 11:1 to say that “Believing is seeing” We tend to believe what we can see. But walking by faith — living by faith — is a life of trusting God, believing Him despite how things look.
As I said yesterday, we are living in the midst of the Covid-19 Coronavirus scare. Spring Break has been extended by two weeks across the area. Students have returned early from study abroad programs. Many churches are following recommendations from Emergency Management officials and closing their doors today. Those that are able to are live streaming their worship services today. In fact, our church will try to live stream our Morning Worship Service on Facebook Live.
Grocery store shelves are running low. Customers have hoarded all of the toilet paper. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are nowhere to be found. People are buying up bottled water. When I went to the store a few days ago, I felt like I was buying in preparation for a paralyzing storm.
Despite how things look, God is still on His throne. Despite how things look, this is not the end of time. We will survive this. And Believers have a unique opportunity to speak the truth in love. We also have the opportunity to express our belief in God and our absolute trust in Him. Unfortunately, many Believers are panicking at least as much as unbelievers.
Instead, we should exercise our faith. At this time, we should walk by faith and not by sight. We should express our unwavering trust in God. We should see through the eyes of faith that God will take us through this.
Our living by faith will make God happy.