Hebrews 11:24-32 (NLT)
24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons. 29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned. 30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down. 31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. 32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
The apostle writes about those whose faith lead them forward in life. Moses had the temptation to be a powerful ruler of Egypt, but instead he chose to share the oppression of God’s people having faith God would provide something greater. By faith the people of Israel walked through on a dry seabed with walls of water all around them. Jericho fell by faith, yet Rahab and her family who lived there were spared because of their faith.
Many of the people listed in the verses above faced hard times during their lives. Moses was nearly put to death as a child. He was raised apart from his family as a part of the Pharaoh’s household. But then he gave all that up as he saw one of his own people being mistreated. Rahab lived as a prostitute. She had heard of the God of Israel and at a critical time she trusted Him and she became a part of the linage of Christ. Many others placed their faith in God to take care of them in moments of desperation. Webster’s dictionary says faith is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. We may not immediately see the work God is doing, but when we have a firm belief in Him, He is faithful to prove He is there with us. Let your faith in God grow. Trust Him and believe in His promises.