HISTORIC EVENTS SEEN BY FAITH
The writer stressed the work of faith when he said, “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” (Heb 11:6). Faith is the language that touches the heart of God.
God warned Noah of a coming catastrophe which he had never seen. He commanded him to make an ark for the saving of his house. Noah by faith obeyed God. The Lord brought upon the earth a calamity of condemnation because of sin. However, Noah became an heir of righteousness by faith. The dimensions given of that ark are comparable to modern sea vessels that carry large cargo. Noah was to bring two of all the land animals, a male and a female, and seven of the clean animals. The ark therefore must be large enough to accommodate them all. When the Lord brought the flood upon the earth, Noah and his family were saved as the rest of humanity perished. The human race restarted from the eight persons from Noah’s household and became the multitudes that they are today. Noah believed God in all these things.
The next communication that came from heaven was to Abraham. God told him to move from the land of his fathers to a strange land that the Lord would show him. He looked to a city whose builder and maker was God. He moved to the land of Canaan which God promised to give to his descendants. He was a stranger in this land and had to request to buy a place to bury his wife when she died. He trusted God’s promise and gained the favour of the inhabitants of Canaan. God promised him and his wife Sarah that they would have a son in their old age. God promised him descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as sand on the seashore through that one son. Thus out of one came innumerable multitudes of people. Although Abraham departed from this earth without seeing all these, he saw all by faith.
THOUGHT: “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”
PRAYER: Father, give me victory by faith.