Walk by faith not by sight. [2 Corinthians 5:7] There are many people in the Bible who were told to act in faith and they are great examples to follow. Abraham was told to pack up and go into a world that to some ended at the horizon. [Genesis 12:1] What a daunting task that must have been, to take such a step of faith from a life of security to a life of uncertainty. We know from history that the paths in those days were plagued with robbers and murderers, but Abraham had faith in the unseen God, that whatever lay ahead at least he had been obedient to the call. When Lot said he would have the “good” area that they could see, Abraham once more went into the area he could not see. [Genesis 13:9]
Gideon has always been one of my favourites, he had security in 25,000 men at his side but God said it was too many.
“Send those who are afraid home,” [Judges 7:2-3] and yet he still had too many, too many to show the power of God, but even more so to show the faithfulness of God to His Word and to the World. Gideon ended up with just the right number required to surround the large enemy camp to carry out God’s plan and not his own.
As it was in the time of Joshua, with a great shout the enemy was destroyed before them as the walls of Jericho fell after the mighty blast of the Shofar and shouts went up to the Heavenlies. [Joshua 6:15-16] Rahab was saved through faith in the promises she was given [Joshua 2:15-21] as Joshua and the Israelites took the city in that first step of faith into a foreign land. [Joshua 3:7-13]
Abraham’s step of faith was a new adventure whereas Gideon’s step of faith was in seeing the awesome power of God at work, something we all need to know and see at some stage of our Christian walk, at times of discouragement and attacks, wherever they may come from. Joshua’s faith was based on a promise God had given him. [Joshua 1:2-6]
David faced the giant in his life with the words, “I come in the name of the God of Israel”. In that name he was able to not only stand up to the giant, he was able to defeat him. [1 Samuel 17:45] We all face giants at one stage or another and they seem impossible to overcome, but by calling on the Name of the Lord we can obtain the victory.
I recall the time when we were living in Bethlehem Israel, two rock throwers were using my Penny and the blind ladies and the children as human shields as they looked for a chance to throw rocks at the soldiers. I managed to bundle them out of the compound and hold the gate shut to keep them out. One of them climbed up on the gate, which was about three metres high. I looked up and he was aiming his rock at my head. I told him, “In the name of Jesus put it down!” and he did, but again he lifted it and again I repeated my command. He put it down and left.
The Name Jesus/Yeshua will overcome all things and is our guide in all situations in any type of walk of faith that is required. [1 John 5:5]
Faith is a gift of God, [Romans 12:3] faith is not in something we can see but in what we cannot see. [Hebrews 11:1] Throughout the Bible and throughout Christian history men and women have stepped out in faith in the call of God. Every step we take in life is a step of faith; it is a step with no security. But a life lived in the security of the Living God has the security of Jesus, as He was the example for us all as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. “May your will be done, not mine Father.” [Luke 22:42]
This is the faith we can walk in throughout our lives as we are saved by grace and live in faith, His faith. [Hebrews 10:38]