Chapter eleven of The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews teaches that faith is how we understand and believe what we cannot see. Faith is how we understand that God spoke the world into existence. Faith is what gives us the strength and resolve to understand and follow God's will. Abel had faith to offer his best to God. Abel's first instinct would be to keep the entire harvest for himself, but it was reasonable to return a portion to God, who made the harvest possible. Faith enabled Noah to have the courage and strength to build the ark. There was no precedent for a flood, but in light of the revelations from God, it was reasonable for Noah to prepare by building the ark. Abraham ventured into unknown territory due to his faith. People tend to remain in the familiar, but it was reasonable for Abraham to seek the inheritance promised to him by God. Faith enabled Sarah to conceive a child in old age. A woman of Sarah's age would not expect to conceive a child, but Sarah had experience of God doing what He said he would do. Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac due to faith. Isaac was the child through which Abraham's lineage would be established, but Abraham knew that God could do all things, so it was reasonable to follow God's instructions. Faith enabled Moses to turn from the wealth and comfort of nobility to help his own people. He considered the rewards of following God to be of greater value, so it was reasonable to turn away from wealth and comfort to follow God. Throughout time, people have been strengthened and guided by faith, even in the face of violent persecution. Faith enables people to understand what is not immediately apparent and to see what is truly the best course to take.
The photograph is a sunrise over Indiana on 16 September 2017.
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