By Kathryn Day

Have you ever wondered why Hebrews 11 spends an entire chapter listing men and women from the Bible that are commended for their faithfulness when in all actuality they were often unfaithful – people like Abraham, who laughed at God when He told him of the promise to give him a son, or David, a murderer? This year in chapel we are working through this list, the “Hall of Faith,” spending time talking about the lives of these men and women, their brokenness, their fears, but also about their belief in the one, true God and their trust in His promises.

The faithful followers of God in Hebrews 11 are commended for their faith, and faith always has an object. So what was the object of their faith? God Himself! These Biblical characters rested and trusted in the God who had called them to Himself, the God who had given them the GIFT of faith, and the God who promised to be 100% faithful to them, even when they stumbled, doubted, and feared. These characters are not faithful on their own; they are faithful because God is first, and always, faithful to them, working out His kingdom plans through their lives, and loving them and holding them up to the end.

Our prayer this year is that our students would hear stories of men and women who were given the gift of faith, saved by God’s grace, and upheld through the ups and downs of life in a fallen world by a God who is always faithful and a God who promises the reward of eternal communion with Him for those who believe. In the upper grades, one of the songs the students are learning is a hymn by Keith and Kristen Getty, By Faith, based on Hebrews 11:

“By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight”

As we work through Hebrews 11 this year, we hope to press home to our students the privilege believers have in being given the gift of faith, the joy of heaven we have to look forward to, and the faithfulness of our God who delights to save sinners.

**You can listen to the entire Getty hymn on YouTube at: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?v=w-YISm700Pc