Pentecost 15, Monday, Year B

Inspired by Hebrews 11:29-12:2

“By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.” Hebrews 11:29-31 (NRSV)

The dictionary defines faith as “a confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness or a person, idea, or thing.” The bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Yet neither of those fully captures what faith is.

A confident belief, an assurance, and a conviction are all intellectual states of being. A living faith in Jesus Christ goes far beyond intellect. A living faith gives us courage to keep moving forward even when it seems our way is blocked and our enemies are bearing down upon us. It gives us the strength to fight impossible battles. It enables us to discern the will of the Lord and do the right thing, no matter who we are or what we’ve done before. Faith is no mere thought process; faith is a way of life.

It’s good to know and to study the word of the Lord, but we won’t experience true faith until we live what we have received.

Let us pray. Faithful Lord, you have worked in the lives of your people throughout human history. Grant us a living faith, that we may continue to witness to your love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.