READ : Hebrews 11:32-40
Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. (v. 36, niv)
Flipping through the channels, I came across a faith healer peddling one of his books. “If you follow these steps in my book,” he promised, “it will show you how to have faith to be healed.” When I heard that claim, I quickly changed the channel.
As a person who has lived with a disability for 36 years, I know that God does not miraculously heal everyone. Often the Lord chooses to use our hardships to increase our dependence and faith in him. My cerebral palsy is a constant reminder that I am not self-sufficient. I need God’s help to face every day. I am grateful that there is also another benefit of having faith in spite of difficulties. We can inspire others. The way we handle our trials can help others face theirs.
In the second part of Hebrews 11, the author mentioned a number of people who had faith in the face of terrible circumstances. Some were jeered at, flogged, jailed, stoned, sawed in two, and killed by the sword. These people were not chastised for their lack of faith. Instead, they were commended and included in scripture as an inspiration. May their stories inspire us to say, “I can have faith in spite of . . . “
Lord, keep us faithful no matter what enters our lives.