Faith comes before all else
v.6 …without faith it is impossible to please God…
Faith is needed in all areas of our life. We show different kinds of faith in our doctor, our train driver, our car and even our mobile. Many things that we do each day could not be done were it not for faith in someone or something. Nevertheless, faith in Jesus often seems like the most difficult intellectual leap.
We are given examples in this reading of many people who demonstrated faith and yet the distant hope towards which their faith was directed did not appear (v.39). We, however, live this side of the fulfilment of that promise. Given what we know and what we have experienced, we should feel encouraged to persevere in our faith, taking every opportunity to build it up.
Lord, help me to grow in faith and trust in you. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).