Most people know this as the "faith" chapter, because it explores in detail the importance of faith in the lives of Old and New Testament saints. Though the old covenant was different from the new, it still held the same expectation of faith. He lists Old Testament saints like Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, some of the judges and the prophets. Each of them had to learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Not one of them had a perfect life, but they stayed faithful to the end and walked humbly with God by faith. The definition of faith provided in this chapter is absolutely beautiful and the exact representation of God's plan for that word. It says, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hope in this context means an "earnest expectation" or an absolute belief something will occur. From this definition, we realize that faith is not the same as living by sight. Noah built a boat without ever seeing rain, and Abraham prepared his son as a sacrifice without ever seeing a ram. How often do we look for physical proof before stepping out in faith? That is not Biblical faith. Faith happens when we obey God's Word and follow the Spirit's voice whether is makes sense or not. Rahab could have easily turned in the spies to the authorities, but she hoped something bigger was on the other side of her faith. Are you walking in that kind of faith?

Help me, Lord, to understand Your definition of faith and to walk in it. Help me to stop looking for physical evidence and start listening to Your Word and Your Spirit in all that I do.