Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” —Psalm 20:7
I tend to associate faith with feeling confident. A fearless, ready to tackle the world attitude. But that’s not the picture the heroes in Hebrews 11 paint.
- Moses asked God to send someone else.
- Joshua’s courage required a boost.
- Gideon needed repeated signs and assurances.
- Barak required Deborah’s company to ride into battle.
What ties these people together? Action. They obeyed God despite reservations.
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).
We demonstrate God-pleasing faith when we trust Him enough to follow His leading. He’s chosen to link His work with our faith. In fact, Jesus didn’t do many miracles in His hometown because of their unbelief (Matt. 13:58). God still partners with weak humans who walk by faith to build His kingdom and accomplish His will.
In response to God’s Word—
- Moses held his staff over the Red Sea.
- Joshua marched around Jericho.
- Gideon sent most of his troops home.
- Barak led untrained volunteers in an attack against a trained army.
They obeyed, and God parted the sea, crumbled the walls, and routed the enemy.
Holding a staff can’t split water—unless God wills it. We don’t study the Bible to learn strategies to replicate but to know God so we can recognize His voice and follow Him in faith.
Dr. Neil T. Anderson wrote, “If God declares something to be true, you simply believe him and live according to what is true. If God didn’t say it, no amount of faith in the world will make it so. Believing doesn’t make God’s Word true. His Word is true; therefore we believe it.”[i]
In Hebrews chapter 11, God highlights weak men and women who trusted God despite their fears. Pastor and author Tony Evans said, “Faith is acting as if God is telling the truth.”[ii]
Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and Barak obeyed God despite their concerns about their personal abilities and the outcomes. Instead of chiding them for their doubts, Hebrews 11 commends their faith.
Jittery nerves don’t nullify genuine faith. What you do in response to God’s call matters more than how you feel. Where is God calling you to put aside your doubts and follow Him in faith?4 Who Practiced Faith Despite Strong Doubts. Join online #LittleStrengthBigGod Fall Bible study. #BigGod, #BibleStudy Click To Tweet
Little Strength, Big God Releases September 5th!
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*Adapted from Little Strength, Big God (Leadwood Publishers)
[i] Neil T. Anderson, Victory over the Darkness (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2013), 112.
[ii] Tony Evans, Victory in Spiritual Warfare, https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2411.Tony_Evans.