DCLM Higher Everyday 1 December 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Faith of our Fathers
TOPIC: FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
TEXT: HEBREWS 11:1-6
2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
MEMORY VERSE: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report” (HEBREWS 11:1, 2).
“Faith of our fathers living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
O how our hearts beat high with joy,
Whene’er we hear that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!”
This hymn by Frederick William Faberin (1849) reminds one of the abiding faith of saints of old who trusted God through great trials, persecutions and pains; it shows that our faith is challenged whenever we are faced with problems. The patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived by faith; so did the prophets, and people like Joshua, Caleb and the New Testament saints.
The faithful believers of old received God’s approval because they were consecrated. A life of faith is a walk with God. Walking by faith is characterized by humility, honesty, holiness and heaven-mindedness.
As travellers in this world, let’s patiently endure the trials in our way. Living by faith may attract the world’s scorn and scuffling, but press on. Faith In God is non-negotiable because without it there is no base upon which to rest our Christianity. Faith keeps you safe in God’s hands.
QUOTE: A life of faith is a walk with God.
CHALLENGE: Are you exercising faith in God?
PRAYER: Help me Lord, to maintain faith in You to the end.