Something to think about
If you ever had the impression that living for God was a way of opting out of life and avoiding life’s problems, read this passage again!
The writer to the Hebrews has a quick look through the history of God’s people and picks out a number of people who had one thing in common – their faith in God meant that they were not overwhelmed by even the fiercest opposition and the greatest danger.
I suspect that our problems and challenges are rather different from the ones that these Old Testament figures faced. I certainly hope so! But the problems and challenges we face still demand the best of us, and we need to remind ourselves that faith in God is as essential today as it was thousands of years ago.
Something to pray
God our Father we thank you for the extraordinary example of women and men of faith in the past. Help us to be humble enough to learn from their example, and to be inspired by their lives. Help us today to face every challenge with peace and confidence because of our knowledge that you will always be with us and will never let us down. Fill us with your spirit, that in all that we do the name of Jesus Christ may be praised. Amen.