I just started reading Hebrews chapter 11 in the Bible. I try to read some Scripture each day to stay connected to God and meditate on His Word. It’s hard to stay consistent but I know it is whats best for me.
I haven’t made it very far into Hebrews 11 because I’ve been thinking about verse 4.
By faith Able offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man … And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
I had to stop and look back to that story in the book of Genesis. I wanted to know exactly what does it say Abel did? How did he get it so right that his life still speaks by faith even though he is dead?!
The Bible says that Cain worked the soil and Abel kept flocks. They were both supposed to give God offerings. What happened is Cain offered to God some of the fruits of the soil, but Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. It says God looked with favor on Abel’s offering, but on Cain’s offering He did not look with favor.
What this means is that Abel gave God the best he had to offer, and Cain gave God something that didn’t cost him very much. He kept his first fruits and gave God something that wasn’t as important or wasn’t as much of a risk. Yet all that both of them had was given to them by God anyway!
So what does all this mean for us? What is God teaching us in Hebrews 11, the “faith chapter”?
I believe God is saying that it takes faith to give back to Him what we think we need. We are often afraid that we won’t have enough, so we are tempted to take control and look out for ourselves. All the while God is saying trust me. I made you, I saved you from your own sin and I know you more than you know yourself. I will take care of you because I love you.
Fear leads us to take control for ourselves.
Faith leads us to surrender control and trust.
Why do I worry? Why do I fear giving God my money, my relationships, my plans, my future? He made the ultimate sacrifice for me already by sending Christ to die on the cross. And Jesus rose again defeating death! So I have nothing to fear. Nothing can take that hope away.
Abel’s life is still speaking. His example shows us what to do. I am reminded today that I can trust God’s heart toward me. I can believe He is good and that He will provide for all my needs. What is your life speaking? What will it speak after you die?