Heb. 11:6 provides one of the many descriptions of faith in the Bible, “But 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.” This chapter reveals the faith of Israel just prior to their entrance into the Promised Land. They set for us an wonderful example to follow:
1. Faith to believe God will do His part.
Deut. 7:1-2a “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee,...seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee;”
2. Faith to do our part which He has commanded.
V2b-4a “thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods:”
3. Faith to obey God’s word.
V11 “Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.”
LESSON -You may wonder why God has done similar things for His people throughout history. Is it because God knew who we would become and what we would accomplish for Him? I really do not believe that God is impressed with anything that we have done or can do for him. I think the simple reason is found in V7-8a “The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers,” God has always moved on behalf of His people for one reason only. He has chosen to love us! We do not deserve it, nor can we earn it! We should just humbly receive it and allow our faith in action to show our appreciation for it.