Get Out of the Boat
James 2:20 – “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
Getting out of the boat means taking bold steps of faith. If we look at Hebrews 11, we see a compilation of those who dared to have faith in God.
Because Abel had faith, he offered God a better sacrifice than Cain. God was pleased with him and his gift, and even though Abel is now dead, his faith still speaks for him.
Enoch had faith and did not die. He pleased God, and God took him up to heaven. Because Noah had faith, he was warned about something that had not yet happened. He obeyed and built a boat that saved him and his family. In this way, the people of the world were judged, and Noah was given the blessings that come to everyone who pleases God.
Abraham had faith and obeyed God. He was told to go to the land that God had said would be his, and he left for a country he had never seen. Because Abraham had faith, he lived as a stranger in the Promised Land. He lived there in a tent, and so did Isaac and Jacob, who were later given the same promise. Abraham did this because he was waiting for the eternal city that God had planned and built.
Even when Sarah was too old to have children, she had faith that God would do what he had promised, and she had a son. Her husband Abraham was almost dead, but he became the ancestor of many people. In fact, there are as many of them as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand along the beach.
But without faith, no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that he rewards everyone who searches for him.
Prayer Focus: Father, I am getting out of the boat and placing my faith in you.
Verse of the Day: Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Living the Word Today: Take that bold step of faith and allow God to work in your life.