There’s one word that stands out in this chapter—faith; twenty-eight times the word is used. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews takes us on a tour of our sacred past, naming heroes of the Old Testament who were led by faith to claim the blessings that God had in store for them and for us.
The first verse sets the theme of faith: “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.” Faith is a sixth sense that gives us assurance of what our five senses don’t catch. Here’s a simple example. When you play “Hide and Seek,” and your friends run in all directions to hide while you count, when you’re finished, there’s no one to be seen, heard or touched. Yet you know they are somewhere around: you have faith that they are playing the game with you.
Jesus said about God’s presence, “Seek and you shall find.” Now God doesn’t want to hide from us or play games with us; quite the contrary. God wants to show us his presence everywhere. We believe this about God, even though our five senses don’t tell us about God. So take a few moments simply resting in God’s presence—with you, in you, all around you.
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
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