Our New Testament reading (find Hebrews 10:32-11:12 here) quotes Habakkuk 2:4. “The righteous will live by faith.”
What does it mean to “live by faith”?
- That by faith we receive eternal life?
- That by faith we know that God is guiding our lives even when things appear hopelessly out of control?
- That by faith we live our lives in humble submission to God’s will?
Isn't the answer "All of the above"?
As you read Hebrews 11, think of each of these Old Testament believers as mentors from whom you can learn. By faith they looked forward to eternal life (Enoch). By faith they did not give up hope in hopeless times (Noah). By faith they humbly obeyed what others thought was foolish (Abraham).
Jeremiah was calling forth that life of faith in what seems to me a “little thing.” In the middle of Jeremiah’s ongoing warning of God’s judgment by the Babylonians (read Jeremiah 16-18 here), the LORD focuses on something so “little” as carrying a burden on the Sabbath (Jeremiah 17:19-27). We know the people of Jerusalem were idolaters and mistreated the poor, what we might call “big sins.” Why this focus on the Sabbath law? Is it possible that it is in the little things of life that we show that we live by faith?
Prayer: Lord, reveal to me my failure to live a life of faith, especially in the little things of life. Then heal me with the promise of forgiveness in Christ. Amen.
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