Psalm 20 (NIV), Genesis 12:1-7 (NIV)Hebrews 11:1-12 (NIV),

Faith in the Lord is the basis for our life as followers of Jesus.  We see this in the three passages for today and throughout the scriptures.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) The rest of the verses, in Hebrews 11, reveal examples of faith and particularly Abraham.

In Genesis 12 we see the faith of Abraham.  It’s easy, now, for us to imagine a family leaving their home town to travel to a new place to live, which they have never known.  It happens all the time.  However, I can remember when I was a kid growing up, it was very different.  Families stayed in the same cities and did not move away.  Imagine how unusual it was in Abrahams day and time, many centuries ago, for anyone to leave their city, town, or village to travel to an unknown place.  It took great faith in God for Abraham to go from his country, people, and father’s household to a new land he had never seen.

We read in Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

We might ask ourselves if we have such faith in God or enough trust in the Lord Jesus that we would journey into the “new” which the Lord has for us.  Would we try new ministries, new ways of being church, new ways of meeting and relating to other people for the ministry and mission of the Lord Jesus?  Will we dream the dreams of Jesus for our day and time, fresh and new ones in faith? Or will we only cling to the old?

Psalm 20, a Psalm of David, reveals to us what life is like when we live in faith in the Lord.  When we trust God we find answers, protection,  and help. We realize that God remembers our worship and accepts what we give. The desires of our heart correspond to what God wants and the plans of God for us succeed.

How good it is when we trust not in our own strength, wisdom, and abilities but instead “trust in the name of the Lord our God.”  Yes, God gives us strength, wisdom, and abilities, for which we are grateful.  But our bottom line trust is in the Lord God.

May we live in faith this day and always! Amen! Perhaps we can all pray that prayer to today.