The dictionary describes faith as a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that Faith is believing, even when we don't know for sure, what the outcome will be. We may all know people who are embarking on the adventure of a new season. They are taking those first tentative steps of faith. Most, if not all of us (myself included), sometimes struggle as we reach out to grasp this concept of faith. We all know what faith is, but what is faith to us when we are entering into a new season on this great adventure we call life. We, all of us, like to see what's coming. When we jump, we want to see where we are going to land before we take the leap. Faith can sometimes asks us to jump without seeing, to walk up that hill into the unknown adventure of tomorrow. Whether it's a change in jobs, going back to college, family dynamics, health concerns, moving to a new place, or all the other many and varied things that involve having faith. The unknown questions begin to roll around in our heads. As regular every day people, we want to know ahead of time what’s coming. The ‘what if, the ‘how do we’, and the ‘what will happen’ questions ... that can plague us all. We can ask so many questions, go in so many circles, plot out all the different scenarios, that we tend to forget that our God IS the God of the impossible not the probable. The dizziness of the process reminds me of that scene in 'The Last Crusade' when Indiana Jones has to believe and take that first step across the chasm of the unknown. He stands, with his back against the wall, feeling all the trepidation of the unknown until he raises his leg, very dramatically, and takes that first big step. It's not until he actually takes the step that he knows there is a way; first he had to have enough faith and so do we.
Hebrews 11:1 MSG
"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see."
Hebrews 11 tells us about the Faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah and the list keeps going. It's funny how easy it is to forget that these great heroes of the Bible were real people just like you and me. When we study this chapter we can begin to understand the amount of faith each person needed. Consider this...they didn't always get to see the outcome of their leap of faith. They also struggled with what they believed God had asked of them. They had the same kind of questions as we do. They were real people like you and me embarking on a new adventure. If we go deeper still into the chapter, we can see that it was the faith of each one of these people, from one to the next, that leads us straight to the Cross and from there, the Cross leads us straight to today. So...here we are back at the beginning of our quest. Faith. Faith means that we have to take that first big step into the unknown on the great adventure that God has planned for us. Pick that leg up, stretch it out and here we go. God’s got this; have faith.