Walking By Faith

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
Hebrews 11:13

As many of you know, my wife, Eileen, and I enjoy hiking in the mountains. It is often challenging physically and sometimes mentally, when you just have to set your mind to going on – even if you don’t know how far it might be until you get to “the end”.

One of the things I have discovered is when you get to the top of the mountain there is much reward. Sure, there is the satisfaction of having accomplished the task, but often there is a great view. Sometimes you can even see the trail you hiked to get where you are.

Such was the case this summer. As we stopped to rest on the way up the mountain, we looked back and saw the trail – a very long trial, I might add – which got us there. It wove up and over several smaller mountain tops and disappeared through some other places which were all but overgrown.

Often our spiritual “walk” is just like that. We can’t see where we are going and it often seems to be uphill at a steady climb. But, when we stop and look back we can see the path we have come and rest in the fact that even the hard times have been a part of getting us to where we are now.

Also, while we may not be able to see where the journey ends, or how rough it may get along the way, we do know there is One Who knows every step of the way. Trusting Him allows us to take every step in confidence.

The verse above follows a long list of Old Testament saints Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah among them, who took God at His word and believed His promises – even when the journey got tough. My prayer for you this week is that you will have just that kind of faith.

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