Sunday, January 2, 2011

Daily Light - January 2, 2011

Daily Light from the Lighthouse
40 Days of Faith

"For by it the elders obtained a good testimony."
Hebrews 11:2

There are plenty of people that talk about what they would like to do and how they would like to live, but it is those who have done it and lived it that you respect. Living by faith is not for the faint hearted or those with a weak stomach. It takes a courage that is not of this world. Those who live to tell of their experiences of living for God by faith have their eyes set on another place and think nothing at all of giving every thing to Christ.
As you study the Word of God, there is testimony after testimony of people that lived by such faith. You can read of a man that took a small band of outnumbered soldiers into battle with oil lamps and band instruments (Gideon). Another couple that should have been in the retirement home was registering for baby gifts down at the department store (Abraham & Sarah or Zechariah & Elizabeth). One man's prayer life gave him the opportunity to have a sleep-over with a pack of hungry lions (Daniel). The stories of faith are countless. We have but just a small recording in the Word of all that God has done in the history of mankind. At the end of John's Gospel he accurately says that if we wrote everything down that God has done the world could not contain the volumes of material.
Today we speak of Bible characters as if they are super heroes. One manufacturer of toys decided to use just this theme and created Bible characters that looked like super heroes. They made them out to be good-looking with large muscular frames, everything that we say is attractive. I, however, think that each of these people were very normal looking, perhaps even below average for some. Many of them saw themselves that way and wondered why God would ever use them. God, of course, is not looking for beautiful, lots of talent, and large muscles. No, God is looking for people that will live for Him by faith, people that will not leave a testimony of their greatness but a testimony of God's great power through their lives.
Every one of us can be champions of faith for the cause of Christ. We can all leave a legacy of faithfulness for those who come behind us. We must purpose now that our testimony will be one of obedience and submission to the will of God. Step outside of your comfort zone and follow faith wherever it may lead.
May you live out your faith today!

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