Wow! I don’t know where to even start! This past week has been amazing! I have seen the faith of many of my small group girls changed, heard stories of other students accepting Jesus into their life or back into their life and even experienced Jesus reviving my faith down at big stuf. Before I start my blog I just wanted to say GOD IS UNBELIEVABLY GOOD! HE IS INCREDIBLE! HE IS SO FAITHFUL!
How lucky am i get to do my blog on my birthday!!!? Kind of weird because in my notes in my bible it talks about how this chapter relates to your birthday when your little and i have a story about my birthday also to share! So it’s going to be a special birthday blog!
Every year on my birthday I usually get to celebrate with my family and friends. I love my birthday because its usually a time to just slow down and spend time with my loved ones. I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that whenever my parents would give me my birthday cake and everyone would be singing happy birthday I would be literally so happy. Smiling from ear to ear. Everyone would say, “make a wish and blow out your candles.” And then I’d blow out all my candles. As I got older I realized that I hardly ever made wish on my birthday cake. A few months after my birthday I’d realize and be mad. It would be when I was mad at my sister, or i wanted a new toy, or things just weren’t going the way i wanted them to go. Id think….gosh I wish I had those birthday wish now. I could really use them. How did I just forget to wish!?
Sometimes I feel like this is how our faith with Jesus is. Whenever everything is going good we forget about Jesus. We forget to be thankful for Him and what he has done for us. And what He does in our lives EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Whenever things are going bad we have no problem blaming Him. Or throwing our hands in the air and asking why? We seek Him when were in the valley, but when were on the top of the mountain we forget to thank Him for his beauty. Something just doesn’t seem right about this.
Here’s how it relates to Hebrews 11 and a little of 12. Hebrews 11 is all about different people of the bible and their faithfulness to God. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham all showed their faithfulness to God and it is recognized not only by God but the bible also. Hebrews chapter 11 starts off with a strong verse that I love. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 I love how before they start Hebrews they givea definition of what exactly faith is.
I like the verse a little bit further that says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Wait so if we believe in this awesome God WE get rewarded? This is what many people like about God- the “reward” part. People are disappointed though when they feel God is not giving them what they deserve. They feel like He has forgotten about them. But are those people who believe these things EARNESTLY SEEKING JESUS? It is my reward just to KNOW who Jesus is. To KNOW about his word. To just KNOW HIs name is a privilege. But I do find myself on the other side frequently wondering when my reward will come. Instead of being thankful for His faithfulness to me when I have not been faithful.
This is a little bit longer but I like the verses Hebrews 11:13-16 “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. “
How awesome would it be if we all could recklessly abandon our fears, uncertainties, busyness, and selfishness and show complete faithfulness to God. How absolutely wonderful would it be to pick up our bags forget everything and just start chasing the path that God has laid down for us. What would our world look like?
Moses showed this kind of faith. Moses decided to put his faith in Jesus. He decided to not indulge in unimportant things, but to consume himself in Jesus. “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible .” Hebrews 11:27 I love the part that says he saw him who was invisible. So often we are focused on the things surrounding us instead of looking to the Creator and Putting our faith in him.
“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39-40 All the people in the bible who were so faithful to God were rewarded. Though many of their rewards did not come on this side of heaven. I have no doubt that they sit with Jesus because of their faithlessness and that to me is the GREATEST reward there could ever be.
So this birthday cake wish Jesus, This eyelash wish Jesus, this dandelion wish Jesus. He doesn’t exist. Society has painted this tainted view of what Jesus is. He is not someone to just go to when things are bad. He is our Creator! He deserves to hear from us when things are going good AND bad. He deserves thanks, praise, love, FAITHFULNESS from us.
My final verse that I found in Hebrews 12:2-3 I find is not only comforting but lights a fire in me.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” This is the ultimate goal. This is what we believe in. This is what we put our faith in. JESUS. Who lived a perfect life, yet died for our broken lives. That is beautiful to me. I am so thankful for Jesus. I CHOOSE TO PUT MY FAITH IN HIM!