Have you ever been surprised by the names listed in the Hall of Faith?
Hebrews 11 lists name after name of godly men and women of faith.
Men and women who were fully convinced of who God is and what He has said, and who lived their lives based on that conviction.
Some names come as no surprise. Noah, Joseph, Moses. We would expect to find these names in the great Hall of Faith.
But why is Samson listed? Why does he mention David and Samuel only briefly? Why isn't Caleb listed? Or Jeremiah?
I'm sort of surprised that Sarah is listed.
Right in the middle of a twelve-verse explanation of the amazing faith of her husband Abraham, we find Sarah. Among stalwarts of faith, we find the name of a woman who laughed at the impossible, tried to fix things, and doubted the promises of God.
Yet, we're told BY FAITH, she "received strength to conceive seed" (v.11). She conceived the promised son when it was absolutely impossible.
Why was her faith commended?
Because somewhere in the midst of her doubting and "fixing" and laughing, a hint of faith was lodged.
A hint of faith like a tiny mustard seed.
Faith is faith no matter how large.
What made Sarah's faith strong enough is that "she judged him faithful who had promised" (v.11).
Her faith was commended not for what it was or wasn't or could've been.
But because her faith was in the faithfulness of God.
The Object of her faith put a baby in her elderly arms.
The faithfulness of God fulfilled an impossible promise.
The power of God behind her hint of faith turned a fatherless man into the "father of a multitude."
"It's not great faith you need," Hudson Taylor said. "But faith in a great God."
The "just shall live by faith" (Heb. 10:38).
Not by sight. Not by fretting or doubting or trying to fix things.
When we judge Him faithful who promised, that's living by faith.
No matter how big or small our faith is.
If our faith is small, it's okay.
As long as our small faith is in our big God.
As long as we never stop judging Him faithful who promised.
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