posted Jun 14, 2015, 1:59 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Jun 14, 2015, 2:01 PM ]

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Heb.11: NIV)

These Ancients of the Bible were commended for their faith.  “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.”(Gen.6:9 NIV) He believed God existed and God rewarded those who diligently sought him. His faith brought immediate action. (Heb.11:8)  He did not put the building of the ark on a long “to do” list. It took 100 years to build. During that time he constantly spoke of the judgement that was coming.(2 Pet.2:5)  This was the situation in Noah’s day.

How about our day?  Do we believe God exists?  To so many, God is something of the past; one you give an hour or so every Sunday morning, because of tradition, but he does not truly count for much in life.  So this moves us to turn to things that have only temporary pleasure, and build our life activities around them. Noah and others mentioned in Heb. 11, were looking for something lasting, something God had promised. They realized they were strangers and pilgrims; living here for a short time. They were living for something better. (Heb.11:13-16)  

It is so worthwhile to read and reread the New Testament and consider what was the hope of the early Christian leaders; they passed on to all the believers. It was not centered in this present life.  They were “running a race;” living a life centered in the example of Jesus himself, and in those who walked with him during his earthly life.  We can do the same; live for the eternal, present ourselves to Christ, and let him use us to bear lasting fruit.