Some have heard of the Hall of Faith; others have not. It is detailed out quite nicely in Hebrews 11.
Although we don’t know who penned the book of Hebrews, we can trust that God inspired the person to summarize the accounts of each of these who had complete faith in God. From Abraham sacrificing his son to Noah building a boat in light of the shame of the world, we have record of some of the most famous faith-filled men and women in Biblical times.
What is interesting about this synopsis to me is not just the listing of their names and events, but the commendations that they received in heavenly rewards from having such faith. Throughout this chapter, we find individuals who received great rewards:
- Noah who built the ark in complete obedience – was the only family to survive the flood
- Abraham who (almost) sacrificed his son – went to live in the land of promise with many descendants
- Enoch who had faith – was taken out of this world to be with God
- Sarah who believed – conceived a child very late in life
- Moses who was not afraid of Egypt – led the Israelites in the Exodus and across the Red Sea
The list goes on and on about conquerors, resurrections, and more.
However, here is another interesting twist:
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. – Hebrews 11:39-40 (NIV)
This serves to remind us that we need to be faithful and faith-filled, despite what happens. Just because we feel we are being led to a certain mission, event, or trial – don’t try to anticipate the outcome. God has a plan much bigger than us, that we normally cannot see. Not everything may work out the way we desire, or plan, but that doesn’t mean that it ended wrong.
Let God direct your paths. Seek Him and He will provide. He will commend those who are faithful and faith-filled.