Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. (Hebrews 11:4b, NLT)
Old Testament and New Testament, I read of choice and the repercussions of choice. Choices reveal where faith is rooted.
I read verses of reminders from the Lord, of who he is. He speaks so plainly (fervently, urgently):
30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! 31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live! (Ezekiel 18:30-32, NLT)
Sin is death and always has been.
He is Truth and Love and Life. Forever.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation … 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us. (Hebrews 11:1-2, 39-40, NLT)
I sit with these scriptures today, all the examples of where faith is placed, Old Testament and New Testament. When I examine my heartache and frustrations, will they not also reveal where my faith is placed? Would the pain have been so much if I had seen the Lord’s hand in the circumstances? I can trust him for a better end.
Lord, thank you for not leaving me where I was but wanting life for me–a new heart and spirit. You are a good Father. I’m thankful for your faithfulness. You are trustworthy.