Hebrews chapter eleven describes people from the Old Testament who radically trusted God – they had radical faith.
The chapter says again and again it was by faith they saw God do amazing things. All of their stories have a similarity though; God wanted to do a new thing for and through all of them. If they were going to take part in God’s new beginning, then they had to live by faith. The walls of Jericho fell down, the dead were raised, barren women had children and their enemies were defeated; all by faith.
However, they all had to decide that the plan God had for their future was better than what they were leaving behind. The only way they could commit to this decision was by faith.
“For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them,” (Hebrews 11:14-16).
They had faith that God’s plan was far beyond anything they could imagine on their own. They willingly left their own plans behind.
These people serve as our example of how to persevere in faith. Even though their outward circumstances were uncomfortable and the situations in front of them seemed impossible they trusted that God would bring them through. We have to do the same if we’re going to see the promises of God come to pass in our lives.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Keeping our focus on our heavenly Father and His plan for our lives will carry us through on the days we think we can’t make it. Our faith will take hold of His strength and we’ll be able to stay faithful and controlled when the temptation to quit is strong. We’ll know that what we’re feeling is temporary while God’s plan is eternal.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:18).