39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promise.”
Reading through this passage there are great moments of faith in God when things are both good and bad. Through faith there were those that conquered kingdoms, shut the mouths of lions, escaped the sword and much more but then there were those that were put into prison, stoned to death, tortured, were sawed in two and killed by the sword. What a mix. No matter how good or how bad, whether or not they received what had been promised to them, their faith was not shaken. They chose to follow and obey God even when they could not see the outcome. It was choosing to follow even when the outcome may not have been one that they would have chosen. They each had a faith in the character and nature of God.
Faith is what pleases God. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. Faith is not about all of our beliefs and convictions and those things are not what pleases God. What pleases God is putting every ounce of trust and faith in Him even when the outcome is unknown, when we do not understand and may not get my way.
In order to have that kind of faith, I must draw near to Him. I have to pursue Him. Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8
So where do you find your faith? Is it found in a belief system or it is found in Christ?