NOW FAITH IS THE ASSURANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE CONVICTION OF THINGS NOT SEEN."
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."
God's Word is clear on the subject of faith. It is all at once a gift (Eph. 2: 8-9,) and a requirement for pleasing God. Faith fills us with hope, and enables us to walk out God's will for our lives. Yet many of us still find faith a mystery. We want more, but we hesitate to take hold of it. We reach out in faith, and then pull back in fear.
Hebrews chapter 11 gives lays out some of the biblical heroes of faith. From Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, and many more, who "conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions..." (v. 33) Scripture goes on to say that all of these people, gained approval through their faith. (v. 39.)
These stories are a gift to us as we model our lives after men and women of faith found in Scripture. Their stories can inspire us to take that next step of faith in our own lives.
God also provides us with faithful people in the world today that continue to give us living examples to follow. Derek Rabelo's story is an incredible picture of how faith works. With literally no physical sight of his own, Derek's story shows us how he has overcome fear, to embrace a life of faith. What a beautiful picture for us to model after!
We can apply the principles of Derek's faith-walk to our own lives. His story can help us to overcome fear. To reach out and not pull back. And as we trust God more, and more, we will begin to discover the rewards of living a life of faith. A life that is pleasing to God.