Hebrews 11:17-40

What was the last risk you took?


Hebrews 11:17-40


Having faith isn’t easy. Sometimes it means standing up and saying what we believe even when we know others around us won’t like it. Sometimes it means stepping out of our comfort zones, talking to other people or even crossing the world with a rucksack to tell people without clean toilets that Jesus loves them. Sometimes it means just standing up for what is right.

The list from yesterday continues with more names of people throughout the Old Testament who did just that. Imagine if Moses’ parents had killed their son. Then Moses would never have led his people out of slavery in Egypt. Imagine if the people crossing the Red Sea had been too scared to take that first step out into the sea trusting in God’s goodness as he held the water back for them to be able to do that. Many of these heroes of faith are nameless. But they stepped out and did their thing, trusting in God and his goodness, without knowing that it would be ok.

It’s easy to look at these people and say “yes, it’s all very well for them, but my situation is completely different, they never had to deal with xxx” Well, maybe they didn’t, but that doesn’t mean that it was a walk in the park for them. The best way to be equipped and able to step out for the big things is to practise with the small things. The small ways to step out and be faithful, because each time it gets easier.

When I was in my twenties, I packed a rucksack and went halfway across the world to Siberia to meet and stay with people I had never met before and to plan an English camp alongside them. I was only able to do it because I had already done other things similar to less far flung places, meeting strangers, working out how to do camping and bad toilets and to be able to get myself across a city on public transport. Taking small steps in faith helps us practise, just as a concert pianist will practice a small passage over and over again until they can weave it into the final piece seamlessly.


Lord God, thank you that you help us as we step out and take risks for faith. Thank you that you love us and save us even when we don’t step out in a major way for you. Amen


Is there someone you can encourage today to step out in faith?


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