Legacy of Faith
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Hebrews 11:17-40, Luke 13:34-35, James 1:2-4
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:17-40, Luke 13:34-35, James 1:2-4
It was my cab driver in Boston who lead me to the best cannolis I’ve ever had. “Skip the main bakery location downtown,” he suggested. “Walk a few blocks north and you’ll find the exact same thing without the wait.”
It was a shop owner in Austin who recommended I visit what I now refer to as “my most favorite bookstore of all time.” You could say I liked it, alright.
It was my friend in Chicago who knew precisely which building had the best views of the city skyline, and could tell me the history behind every structure and monument in sight.
And if you visited my city, Nashville, I’d show you the live music venue with a back alley, so you can enter with the locals and avoid the throes of tourists. Oh, and I’d probably already have put in a request for your favorite song to make sure you sing karaoke before the night is over.
Regardless of where you’re going, everyone knows the best way to find the best tips: ask the locals. Your server at dinner will have more insight than any guidebook you read on the plane, and the friend you’re staying with is guaranteed to keep you from going to the restaurants that didn’t live up to their online reviews.
But when it comes to faith, it’s even more important to have a guide. And when it comes to struggle or not knowing where to turn, the best thing to have on your side is someone who’s been through it before you. And that’s exactly what we’re given in Hebrews 11: examples of people who have lived by faith. “Faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (v.1), and yet, God is gracious enough to fill our eyes with hopeful images of our brothers and sisters who have successfully lived by the words He has promised.
We’re reminded of Abel’s sacrifice, Enoch’s protection, Noah’s motivation, Abraham’s obedience, Sarah’s conception, Isaac’s birth, Jacob’s worship, and Moses’s suffering—“all these were approved through their faith” (v. 39). But we’re given these examples not because we’re supposed to be more like each of these human men and women, but because they, too, were afraid. They, too, were unsure and doubtful and wondering if the things they were putting their trust in were actually real. They, too, hoped their faith was more than just wishful thinking.
Inside God’s Word, we get to learn from the locals, those who have gone before us and have seen the goodness and truth of our God in all things. But even better, we see time and time again that their go-to move isn’t to look to their own flesh for answers—it’s to ask their Creator. Their stories invite us to do the same, joining a long, tried-and-true legacy of faith.
The stories of God’s people point us to His face. May they continue to do so, and may our own stories be marked by faith as well.
Kaitlin Wernet is a twenty-something who lives to tell stories with a backbone of hope. Armed with too many exclamation points and not enough goat cheese, she spends her days as a writer and editor in Nashville, TN. With a journalism degree and football-induced stress from the University of South Carolina, Kaitlin is happiest with plane tickets in hand or a kitten in her lap. Thankful to be a “She” who Reads Truth, she can also be found writing more of her favorite words at KaitlinWernet.com.