“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” — Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
Hall of Fame
Every summer after Major League Baseball’s mid-summer classic, the All-Star Game, thousands of people make their way to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the latest inductions into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Hall honors those who have obtained the highest achievements throughout their career both on and off the field, in the traditional setting of the game’s birthplace. Acceptance speeches include the dreams, the hard work, the sacrifices made, and the support from family, coaches and friends. Their plaque, when placed in the Hall, serves not only for recognition, but as an influence for future generations.
The Bible also has a Hall of Fame, which we like to refer to as the Hall of “Faith.” It is found in Hebrews 11, known as the “faith” chapter. Old Testament saints are honored by remembering their acts of faith. Beginning with Abel and all through the Old Testament, their faith is on display for all to see.
Among the many in this “Hall” are those who were obedient to God and having faith in Him. Abraham left home not knowing where he was going. Noah built an ark for a flood when it had never rained. Abraham believed that God would raise his son, Isaac, from the dead when the Lord tested him. Moses gave up a life of Egyptian royalty and fame to be associated with the people of God. Rahab hid the Israelite spies knowing it could mean death. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den.
All of these Old Testament saints believed in God and that His promises were a sure thing.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” — Hebrews 12:1 (ESV)
— Loring Schultz, Reading, Pa.
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