Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Please read Hebrews 11: 1 – 12: 3
Chapter eleven, through the first three verses of chapter twelve of Hebrews has been referred to as the Hall of Fame of faith. Many of the great names of the Bible appear in these verses and many of the people mentioned accomplished much through faith. However, it is also important to note that all of them were sinners and a few of them had great shortcomings. To have faith and to have faith that can accomplish great works does not mean being perfect. In fact, throughout history God has used imperfect people to accomplish his purpose. So if you are imperfect and sometimes lack faith, congratulation God may use you for a great work.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
Hebrews 11:1 is often quoted as a definition of faith. In your opinion is this an accurate definition of faith? How else would you define faith?
In Hebrews chapter eleven many people accomplished great feats for God. Which one of the feats would you have had the most difficultly having faith that God would help you? What does this tell you about your faith?
What does it mean to you that God uses imperfect and flawed people to accomplish his will?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for the stories of faith that you provided in these verses. God, I confess that sometimes I also struggle with faith. When I struggle I ask that I would focus on Jesus so that he might help me take another step of faith toward you. God even though my faith is not perfect I submit myself to you to be used in according to your will and purpose. Amen.