Having married a “Kent,” I have had my share of Superman jokes. When naming our children, there was no question that we would avoid the name Clark or Lois! But in fact, my husband is my hero if one counts admiration and respect! He does not fly through the air and right all wrongs, but he is certainly a hero for putting up with me!
Today’s verse comes from a chapter referred to as a list of “heroes of the faith.” These verses describe ordinary men and women who demonstrated tremendous faith in persevering, even when a promise was not fulfilled in their lifetime. The criteria was not the recognition or accolades of men. In fact, the world was not even worthy of them (verse 38). But they are heroes because they never gave up their faith even while facing death. Because of their faith, “God was not ashamed to be called their God” (verse 16).
There are many religious systems that require some kind of faith. The idea of faith and spirituality is normally well received. It is not until I refer to the object of my faith that I face opposition. My faith is in a Person. Not in my religion. Not in my church. And certainly not in my own efforts. My faith in God and His Son, Jesus, exhibits itself in coming to Him repeatedly and earnestly seeking Him. He rewards me by revealing Himself to me more and more. And when I take Him at His Word, believe His promises and obey Him, I feel His pleasure.
“My faith has found a resting place,” and He is worthy.