“Moving from Skeptic to an Example of Faithfulness” – Hebrews 11:11-12

Hebrews 11:11-12

“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

How does one end up in the Faith Hall of Fame? Where does one start? How do we cultivate a relationship with God that takes us past the impossible? Although initially skeptical, Sarah turned a corner and her faith won out. The difference was a change of focus – from the impossible promise to the Omnipotent Promiser.

The Bible teaches us that God yearns for a relationship with us. How does our trust grow with him and develop into an ever-increasing sense of confidence that says, “God’s got this and He’s in control?” It starts simply with getting to know Him, studying His Word, and prayer. You begin by spending time with him — it starts early and goes late. 
God promises he’ll never leave us and he’s always there for us. I think of my darkest days when I just wanted to tie a knot and hang on, but it was God that reached out and pulled me up. I have learned the more time I spend with God, the greater the impact on my life (and those around me). Athletes who make the Hall of Fame will tell you it takes lots of practice and repetition. A relationship with God is no different. The more you give, the more you get. In our verses today, Sarah is able at the end of her life to look back with a chuckle and realize the impossible with God wasn’t that impossible after all.

We might not get the blessing of seeing all the fruit from our faithfulness on this side of life, but we can be confident in the One who is in control when we establish habits that remind us of His power and character, and love.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for Your promise that You will never leave us. Help us to have an ongoing and deepening relationship with You. Help us to come to You first for thanks, guidance, and direction. Help us grow in Your Word. Help us to find peace and joy in a relationship with You. Thank You for your never-ending love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • In your mind, what does an ideal relationship with God look like? Is it time spent in the morning, night, or on the way to work? What’s the best way to go about spending time with God? How do you achieve that and feel connected to God?
  • What if each time you went to get on social media you spent 5 minutes praying or reading God’s word? Would you be thankful and would your relationship with God grow, or would you resent it?

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 

Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Dr. Brit Jordan 
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