Over the last week, I have been camped out in the book of Hebrews. Per usual, I listened to the Scripture on my morning walks. Chapter one of Hebrews made me want to shout hallelujah square in the middle of our residential neighborhood! When I arrived at chapter 11, famously known as the “Hall of Fatih,” it ministered to me deeply in my soul.
Now, Hebrews 11 was on repeat. Once I got home, I pulled open my Bible and proceeded to read the entire chapter aloud to my husband.
There’s something about reading “By faith Abel, by faith Enoch, by faith Noah…” that bolsters my weary heart and makes me want to run my race with my eyes lifted to Jesus, saying, by faith Lord God, I will follow you!
Tonight, as I write, I know the Lord was preparing my heart for such a time as this. Everything that is happening in our world is frightening. Today, I read a story about a precious little boy who has the virus. I thought of my own little boys, and I began to fear.
A litany of thoughts raced through my mind, all of them starting with the familiar, what- if. Since losing Justin, I can go from faith to fear in the blink of an eye. It reminds me of something that happened earlier this week.
On the day of Tim’s town hall meeting, a thunderstorm swept through our county. The sky cleared up enough for me to take a quick walk. As I rounded the corner to our main road, I looked up and saw the most beautiful rainbow shining against the dark clouds. Grabbing my phone, I looked down to turn on the camera. Maybe two seconds later, I looked up, and the rainbow was entirely hidden by the new storm clouds. The rainbow was most definitely still in the sky; I just couldn’t see it.
Isn’t that what’s it’s like we take our eyes off of Jesus? Suddenly, we are engulfed in fear, paralyzed by what might happen, and we lose our way.
Today, I needed to come back to the center and remember that the Lord is not in the what-ifs. Hebrews 11:1 says it best, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
- By faith, we believe that God is who He says He is, and God never lies.
- By faith, we trust that He will work out all things for our good.
- By faith, we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Tonight, I’ll close with this beautiful word from Hebrews 4:14-16:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (emphasis mine)