Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
This week, we have been talking about faith—especially the awesome faith demonstrated by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as they risked death and stood up to Nebuchadnezzar. (Daniel 3) In their story, we have learned a few things:
1. Living in faith isn’t easy. There will often be challenges to our convictions and consequences for taking a stand. We probably won’t face a blazing furnace, but more likely ridicule, exclusion, and even anger.
2. Having faith doesn’t require having all the answers. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t know if God would save from the furnace or not, but that didn’t stop them. Life is full of curveballs and uncertainty. In fact, sometimes, the only thing we know for sure is God’s ultimate power and undying love for us.
3. Our faithfulness to God can influence others. People will judge whether having a relationship with God is worthwhile based on how we demonstrate our own opinion of its worth.
Memorize today’s verse. Does it describe you? What are the things you hope for from God? How sure of those things are you? How can you strengthen your faith?
If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.