“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 NKJV

Hebrews chapter eleven is commonly called the hall of faith. It summarizes the lives of many Old Testament characters and tells their stories of faith.

But when it comes to faith, you can’t get past Genesis 1:1 without it. In the beginning God, you can’t even read the first full verse in the Bible without faith. The Bible gives no explanation of the eternal existence of God, we are expected to believe based on God’s testimony of Himself in Scripture.

I love reading God’s questioning of Job because it reminds me of how big God is. When we talk about faith, it’s common to talk about faith for things. Yet when we read Hebrews eleven, right off the bat we get, by faith we understand the worlds were framed by God.

A few days ago we talked about Jesus sleeping in the boat could have given the disciples peace in the midst of the storm. When it comes to faith, start to see it a little differently, not faith for things, but faith in God regardless of what is going on. Faith that no matter what things look like that everything is going to be okay.

Philippians 4:10-13 NKJV “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

QUESTION

As you read Philippians 4:10-13, does the thirteenth verse take on a different meanings than what you previously thought?

REFLECT

Paul mentions joy several times in this letter, yet many scholars say that Paul wrote this letter in the worst of prison conditions. Read Philippians and allow Paul’s words to impact your understanding of what faith is.