17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Hebrews 11: 17 – 19 ESV
Abraham is one of the many faith warriors referenced in Hebrews 11. According to the first verse in this chapter, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” I translate this as trusting that God is in control of your life and that he will care for you. I greatly admire many Biblical characters for their faith, including Abraham, Moses, Rahab, and Isaac. They are amazing role models for us. Although their times were very different than ours, they still had trials and tribulations, ups and downs, stress and fatigue, yet they clung to God as their Savior and trusted his plan and timing.
My husband and I are friends with a modern-day prayer warrior – Keith. We spent time with him in Mammoth Lakes, California recently on a snowboarding trip. When a few of us shared our spiritual gifts, Keith indicated his was faith. His faith is so strong that he doesn’t stress about the state of his business no matter what the economy is doing or how slow things may be. Instead, he lives out his faith by being positive, joyful, and relaxed, and by telling others that the best business plan is trusting God. What a great person to have in our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to trust that you only want the best for me and that you are by my side at all times, but sometimes I have seeds of doubt in my mind. Please destroy these seeds and show me the way to trust you with all of my life all of the time. I want to be your faith warrior. Amen.
Do you know any faith warriors? How do you keep your faith strong?