Faith to Face the Future
Turn to Hebrews, Chapter 11. I trust you've already found it. And I want us to notice in Verse 20, just one verse, that will be our verse for study this morning. We've been talking about God's Hall of Fame. We've been talking about faith: what it is, how to get it, why you need it. And Hebrews Chapter 11 is a listing of the great Old Testament heroes of the faith, people who lived in the Old Testament who were mentioned in the New Testament because of their faith. And the one that we mention today is a strange one because, frankly, ladies and gentlemen, had I been writing it, I know you're grateful I didn't, but had I been writing the Book of Hebrews, I don't believe I would have included Isaac. But notice! Bible says, "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come." And that's the reason we're calling the message this morning, on this threshold of a new year, "Faith To Face the Future."
I heard of a student who was finishing up his examinations just before the Christmas holidays, and he had not really studied, and the professor asked an exceptionally hard question. The student didn't have the foggiest notion what the answer was, but he thought perhaps that he could get by because of the spirit of the season. And so, this is what he wrote on his examination paper. He said, "Only God knows the answer to this question. Merry Christmas." Well, the professor looked at it, and the professor wrote this on the paper before he returned it. He said, "God gets 100 and you get 0. Happy New Year." Now, let me tell you something, folks. God knows some things we don't know, and that is true. But we don't need to get zero because the things that God knows, He doesn't keep to Himself. The things that God knows He wants to share with us, and when it comes to these questions that are perplexing to other people, God knows certain things that He chooses to reveal to us, so we can face the future with faith. ...
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