(1-19) By Faith
This is one of my favorite Scripture passages and like every other part of the Bible, it pretty much speaks for itself. Faith is being certain of what we hope for and being sure of things we have not yet seen. We have numerous examples of Old Testament figures who displayed this kind of faith day in and day out. From Abel and Enoch to Abraham and Sarah, all of these people pleased God because they had faith in Him. They became heirs of righteousness and inheritors of His promises because they had unwavering trust in Him. Not all of them inherited what had been promised them while they were living. For example, they were promised a Messiah, but Christ did not arrive until the New Testament age. However, they saw these promises fulfilled from afar and died in faith because they believed that God would do what He said He would do and their eyes were looking for a better country – one that is heavenly and built by God.
We cannot please God if we do not have faith in Him. If we desire to draw near to God, we must first believe that God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him by revealing Himself to them.
Favorite verse: (16) But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.