by Joe Alain

Voices of Faith
Joe Alain
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-10, 39-40; 12:1-3

1. We've Got Your Back (12:1a)
2. Lighten Your Load (12:1b)
3. Go the Distance (12:1c)
4. Keep Your Eyes on Jesus (12:2)

In one of the memorable scenes from the movie, Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams who plays English Professor John Keating, encourages his students to listen to the voices of the past. In a room filled with awards and black and white pictures of students from days past, he tells his current students, ''if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? . . . carpe diem . . . hear it? . . . carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.''

Listening to our Scripture today from the book of Hebrews is like hearing voices of faith from the past, godly and wise voices, calling us to ''seize the day, to run the race, to make the most of every opportunity, to walk through the open doors, to make our lives extraordinary, to leave an imprint, a lasting legacy of faith in our community and world.'' Hebrews 11 is the record of a number of men and women who have walked this path that we walk. They make up this ''great cloud of witnesses,'' (12:1) they left their imprint on their world, they seized their day, they lived extraordinary lives because they followed our extraordinary God, by faith.

We read a portion of the story of one these voices of faith from the past, Abraham. Abraham, called the ''Father of Faith'' listened to God and followed Him even when he didn't fully understand what God was up to. In fact, he had no idea at times what God was doing, but he placed his complete trust in the Lord. He knew that he was a sojourner, a pilgrim passing through this life, he came to know that God works on His timetable but he always is working, and he walked with God faithfully all the while ''looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God'' (v.10).


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