Heroes of Faith

Frank Friedmann


Have you ever read about the faith heroes in Hebrews 11?


Pretty amazing folks. But when we look more closely, we see something surprising.

They’re really just ordinary people who dared to do something extraordinary.

 

What did they dare? When they faced adversity, they dared to have faith in God. Verse thirty-three refers to Daniel, whose faith stopped the mouths of lions. Wow! Have you ever wanted that kind of faith? In fact, I recently heard an artist express this very thought when he sang, “Give me faith like Daniel in the lions’ den”. Let’s be honest. Sometimes we can feel dissatisfied with our own faith, seeing it as small and weak. We can believe our Father wants to bless us, but He can’t because we just don’t have enough faith. And so we can wonder … what does it take to have faith like Daniel?

Dear ones, there’s something we must understand about faith and our relationship with God.

It takes just a molecule of our faith to release a mountain of God’s blessings. Need an example? How much faith did we have when we trusted Him as Savior? Not much. And how did He respond?


He blessed us tons!

If God’s work in our lives depends on how much faith we have, we’re in big trouble. Because that would make God’s actions dependent on us instead of Him. So, before we echo that call for faith like Daniel, let’s take a moment to consider his faith more closely. Daniel was among the best and brightest in Jerusalem. When Nebuchadnezzar captured that city, Daniel and others like him were carried off in captivity. There they received education in the language and literature of Babylon, preparing them for leadership roles (Daniel 1:3-6). We get our first glimpse of Daniel’s faith soon after his arrival. Not wanting to break the Jewish dietary laws, he took a tiny step of faith and asked for a vegetable diet in place of his daily portion from the king’s table (Daniel 1:8-14).

Please don’t read this lightly.

Jerusalem had been defeated, the people subjugated, and the temple looted. Taken nearly 1,700 miles from home, these young leaders faced a program designed to erase every trace of their Jewish culture, including the Lord, and remake them as Babylonians. Life as they knew it was gone.