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Trusting alone in God

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:1-3

In Hebrews 11 were listed the names that placed their undivided confidence in God. In spite of all their trials and difficult circumstances, they triumphed because of their trust in God. For the author of the Book of Hebrews, faith believes in the promises of God, depends on the Word of God, and remains faithful to the Son of God. God had shown through the experiences of whose names were listed the contrast between the life of faith with the sin of unbelief that were mentioned previously in Hebrews (see 3:12, 19; 4:2; 10:38–39). The contrast was made clear because those who followed God were willing to live by faith. Faith is the opposite of fear. It is part of God's plan that you have trials in your life in order for you to develop your faith in Him. That is why it's important for you to see that when there are uncertainties in life such as finances, health, and relationships they could become opportunities for you to exercise and develop your faith. The writer of Hebrews is saying that the heroes of faith and the believers in Jesus Christ are one. In the next chapter the writer brings the “great cloud of witnesses” and the readers of his letter together in Jesus (12:1–2). Jesus is the originator, the author, and the chief of faith. He leads the believer to grow to maturity. “God had planned something better for us” (Hebrews 11:40). This promise is what the Old Testament believers were looking forward to which was fulfilled through the coming of Christ and was fulfilled through the salvation He provided those that believed. God’s goal is not just to provide salvation but to perfect the faith of Christians. “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). It is only through Christ that a believer could make themselves mature in their faith. However, this does not mean that they should be idle, not at all. They have to exercise their faith so that they will persevere. Just as others depended on divine help, you must also trust in the Lord for help. “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!” (Hebrews 10:35).


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