All the examples found in Hebrews 11 come from the OT and I can say that I never noticed that before.
When I look at how faith is described, faith is always powered by something else.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son. He could because he figured out that God was able to raise him from the dead.
When Moses was born, he was hid for three months by his parents because the saw that he was beautiful. That changed them and they were no longer afraid.
Moses, when he was grown up, seemed to have the strength to refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh‘s daughter. In fact, he chose to rather share the ill-treatment with the people of God. It was almost like a symbolic gesture that he considered abuse suffered for Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt. Why – because he saw his reward.
When he left Egypt unafraid, did he endure because he saw Him who is invisible?
Did Rahab have faith and gave friendly welcome to the spies because she knew it was her only chance to be saved?
I think that there is something here for each of us. We have a promise from God that makes a difference in our lives. It gives us an insight to God that strengthens us and builds us up and enables us to see the promise over the reality of our current situation.
May God give each of us such a promise so that we too may be examples of faith and others can see it in our lives.
- Jochebed- An Example of Faith & Influence (skip2mylou13.wordpress.com)