|Today’s Scripture: (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: Hebrews 11:38-39|
|Here we have the Holy Spirit presenting person after person and their faith in God as examples for us to follow. In conclusion, He states that the world was not worthy of them. However, if we take a closer look, you may be surprised by what you find. All through the chapter, you find the heroes of faith and examples of living by faith, but you will also find a list of people who had failures.
Noah, after the flood, became a husbandman and planted a vineyard. He then got drunk and was discovered in his nakedness. Abraham claimed his wife was his sister twice because he was afraid for his life. Moses struck the rock in the wilderness instead of speaking to it. Barak wouldn’t follow God’s command without Deborah. David committed adultery and murder. Gideon asked for two signs to prove that what God said was true, and so on. Despite all of these things, God still looked at their lives and saw their faith.
Isn’t God’s grace amazing? We can all look back at times when we have failed God, but He has never failed us. Our Savior’s mercy is great toward us, and “he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) We can look back at our lives and see how greatly we have failed Him, but He has and can still use us! Even though we will fail Him, we can still live a life of faith.
Through Christ, we can live a victorious life. There will be nothing greater than standing before Christ and hearing, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Don’t think you have blown it already; God can use you despite your past. Serve Him today, and you, too, can receive a good report through faith.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder