A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Chapter 11 is considered to be the Faith chapter of the New Testament with good reason
as it summarizes the commitment of biblical characters from the days of Abel (Adam and Eve’s son) all the way through the prophets of the Old Testament. The evidence of faith in each life mentioned is that they did not receive what had been promised
but they trusted God anyway that eventually their heirs would.
Chapter 12 is a reminder of the obedient example Christ has set for us.
The problems and challenges we face are not a sign of God’s displeasure, but of His love and will be used by Him to strengthen and develop our lives for His service. At the end of the chapter, the writer urges us to live in a way that is fitting to our salvation and the revelation we have received. We must serve and honor God at every point based on our blessings.
Chapter 13 is a collection of concluding advice from Paul.
The Christian life involves our attitudes toward and our actions in: relationships with other Christians; marriage; and submission to leaders appointed and established by God. The chapter concludes with the good news that Timothy, Paul’s protege, has been released from a recent imprisonment and is on his way to serve those receiving this letter.
Where does faith fit in your life?
Have you put your future in God’s hands? Do you submit your present options to God’s evaluation and decision. Are you willing to wait for His direction, follow His orders and live His Way rather than your own?
Think of three areas in your life in which faith needs exercise.
What can you do today to begin a program of further development? Ask God to show you where you need growth in learning to trust Him and then ask Him to help you grow in that area.
8 A. Eugene Pearson 2010