11/18/18 “Faith is a Marathon”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Hebrews 11-13.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3, ESV

“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to tGod, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:15-16, ESV.

Explanation:

The life of faith is a marathon where great endurance is required.

The closest thing to a marathon that I have experienced is a 5K run.  At that time in my life it might has well have been a marathon.  Many people use the phrase “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” They would be right.  A marathon is something that you pace yourself through.  A short sprint doesn’t last very long, but a marathon requires a great amount of endurance to be able to finish. In the last chapters of Hebrews the writer describes faith, modeled after Jesus.  He shows us that the life of faith is a marathon.  Great endurance is required.

Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the Hall of Faith because of the long list of men and women who showed us examples of faith in God.  Hebrews 11:1-3 defines faith as confidently trusting God to fulfill His promises.  While faith compels us to have confidence in God, an aspect of faith is continuing to believe in God even when we do not see the fulfillment of some of His promises.  Faith continues to believe in God even when it doesn’t bring understanding or peace.  The long list of examples of faith in Hebrews 11 show us that real and genuine faith will trust God with our very lives.  They also show us that as we live out our faith we give evidence of our our belief in God.  In this faith marathon we will face difficulties.  Like an earthly father disciplines his children, sometimes these difficulties are God disciplining us.  Hebrews 12 challenges us to pursue holiness and spiritual maturity.

A pursuit of holiness manifests itself in the life of Christians when we are truly grateful for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  Out of gratitude to Christ’s work on the cross we worship Him with our very life.  

Application:

  1. What is one area of your life where God is calling you to exercise faith right now?
  2. Do you need to renew your faith in the Lord?
  3. Is your faith producing a pursuit of holiness?  Examine your relationship with the Lord to see if you are pursuing Him or yourself.

Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from 1 Timothy 1-3.

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