Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Today’s Morsel: The other morning while out walking, I felt a need to quote Hebrews 11 to myself. Each day, I try to quote a chapter of the Bible to myself to hide the word in my heart. As I started to quote it to myself, I was immediately reminded of the faith of these men and women of God. We don’t read a lot about Abel in the book of Genesis, but the writer of Hebrews tells us about his life. “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” He seems to have an excellent spirit of doing what was right. He gave good gifts to God and God testified of those gifts and about him. And now that he’s dead, his excellent spirit of doing what is right speaks to us. His excellence is calling for us to do what is right and to give God our very best. This is how faith begins, by doing what is right at all cost and giving God our very best first and foremost. A true test of one’s faith is what he’s willing to offer to God.
Sing: Faith can move mountains, mountains of fear and of doubt, faith can move mountains, so why don’t you try your faith out.
Thought For Today: Faith is really all about what you are willing to give to God. (Parker)