June 15, 2018
Hebrews 11:4-7 Living Bible (TLB)
Scripture teaches true faith is about trusting and pleasing God; we come to God with a seeking heart. Trust brings the ability to hear from God. This letter to the Hebrew Christians was to teach them life lessons about what it takes to know and enjoy fellowship with God. If we are wise, we will allow it to teach us life lessons, as well.
4 It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering that pleased God more than Cain’s offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift; and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God.
5 Enoch trusted God too, and that is why God took him away to heaven without dying; suddenly he was gone because God took him. Before this happened God had said how pleased he was with Enoch. 6 You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely look for him.
7 Noah was another who trusted God. When he heard God’s warning about the future, Noah believed him even though there was then no sign of a flood, and wasting no time, he built the ark and saved his family. Noah’s belief in God was in direct contrast to the sin and disbelief of the rest of the world—which refused to obey—and because of his faith he became one of those whom God has accepted.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for providing these life lessons about faith and trust. Help me grow in my devotion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.