The entire Hebrews 11 is about faith, it is a very interesting read, and takes a look at people in the Bible who had faith and how their lives changed because they had faith. Let’s look at some of the examples in the Bible.
God promised Abraham and his wife, Sarah, that they will have a son. Sarah had passed the age of childbearing and yet God was faithful in His promise to them and Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Then the Lord told Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice to God. Abraham trusted God and took his son to the place the Lord told him. Just as he was about to slay his son, the Angel of the Lord called for him and told him not to offer his son. There was a ram caught in the bushes that Abraham was able to offer instead. The Angel then told him that he will be blessed and his descendants will be multiplied like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. This was the promise that God made Abraham because he was faithful. He trusted God and he was obedient to God. Abraham’s faith was in God and he knew that God will never back out of a promise, he was willing to give God everything.
David’s courage when he killed Goliath is also a great testimony of faith, he knew that it was not his fight, that God is there with him. He knew that God had prepared him for this day and that God will never let him down. He trusted God and he was able to kill the giant and defeat the Philistines.
In Daniel 3 we read about the astonishing faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had. King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden image of himself made. Every time the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music they had to fall down and worship the gold image and anyone that did not do that would be thrown in the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were called to bow in front of the image, but they told Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:17-18 NKJV):
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
They trusted God fully and completely, they did not fear the consequences even though they knew that they will be thrown in the fire. They also did not suddenly change their mind and forsake God by bowing down to anything else. They stood firm in their faith in God. Nebuchadnezzar had the furnace heated seven times more than usual. He had them tied up. When Nebuchadnezzar’s men took the three to the furnace, Nebuchadnezzar’s men died because of how hot the fire was, yet nothing happened to the three. Nebuchadnezzar then saw four people walking around in the furnace – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego and the Angel of God. When they came out of the furnace, their clothes and hair had not been burnt, neither did their clothes smell like smoke. They were unharmed. Their faith in God was firm and their faithfulness was rewarded. This really is a true test of faith!
Daniel trusted God and by faith he was saved from the lions. Noah stood firm in his faith when he build the ark, even when he was mocked and there were no rains in sight. Moses had faith in God and through his faith he was able to speak to the people, when he thought he could not. He trusted God to split the sea, so they could get away from the Egyptians. He trusted God to lead them through the desert to the Promised land. There are so many examples in the Bible of people who trusted God and their faith in Him was rewarded. God is ever so faithful and He is always true to His promises.
Jesus also rewarded people’s faith in Him. Here are a two examples of the people Jesus healed and said to them that their faith healed them. In Luke 18:42 the blind man sees and in Mark 5:34 a woman touched Jesus’ clothes because she believed that she will be healed if she did. Their faith was in the unseen, they believed that they can be healed and they were.
Another remarkable example is in Matthew 8:5-13, a centurion came to Jesus and said to Jesus that his servant was paralysed and dreadfully tormented. Jesus then told the man that He will go to the servant and heal him. But the centurion said that he is not worthy enough for Jesus to come to his house, he then asked Jesus just to speak the word, and then his servant will be healed. Jesus was astonished, and then He said that He has not yet found great faith like this, not even in Israel. Matthew 8:13 (NKJV):
“Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”
This man’s faith was so strong that he just needed Jesus to speak the word. Unfailing and unshakeable belief in the power of Jesus’ words.
These and many more examples from the Bible show us what faith is, what total conviction and complete trust and confidence look like. These were all human-beings like us, if they can do it, surely we can as well.
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