There are many stories in the Bible about faith. These are five of my favorite stories.
Abraham- Old Testament Bible Story of Faith
Abraham is often mentioned in the Bible because of some of the great achievements he made. But Romans 4 states that he was saved because he believed and not because he did any work. Hebrews 11 states that Abraham followed God even when he wasn’t sure where he was leading him. Abraham is known for being a man who believed in and followed the Lord’s lead.
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God promised Abraham that the Redeemer would be through his family. Abraham and Sarah were both past their childbearing age when God gave Isaac to them. In Genesis 22, God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, even though He had promised Abraham’s descendants would be great nations.
God instructed Abraham to take Isaac to Mount Sinai to offer him sacrifice to the Lord. God did not intend for Abraham to kill Isaac. This was just a test to see what kind of faith Abraham had.
We are reminded as we read the story about Abraham and Isaac that God is faithful, and we can trust Him.
Moses – Following God’s Call Through Great Faith
Moses was the son of a Hebrew family. However, Moses’s strength and numbers were increasing, so the Pharaoh ordered all male children to be killed. Moses was saved from this fate by his mother, who placed him in a basket at the river. The basket was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter, who saved Moses to adopt as her own.
Moses was raised in the palace with his family, Pharaoh. As a child, he saw the suffering of his family as slaves. Moses decided to leave his royal family and help his Hebrew family. He was expelled from the kingdom. God called him to Egypt later to free the Israelites from slavery and to give them the promised land.
Moses didn’t see himself as the man God would use to carry out such a task. Through faith, he led the Israelites in God’s will.
Joshua- Inspirational Biblical Story of Faith
Moses led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses sent twelve spies in preparation for entering the land. The spies returned with the good news that the land was just as God promised. However, ten spies reported that giants inhabited the land and wouldn’t be victorious. They didn’t believe in the God who miraculously saved them from Egypt.
Caleb and Joshua, both spies who believed in the Lord, were the only adults to enter the Promised Land 40 years later. Because of his faith, Joshua was the leader of Israel.
…and the people shouted with great shouts, that the wall collapsed flat… (Joshua 6,20)
Joshua was the general that guided Israel in its victories over the people of the land. Joshua believed God’s Word and fell the walls at Jericho. Joshua was a man of faith who led Israel’s nation.
Gideon – Bible Story of Great Trust in God
God sent many prophets and leaders after Israel had inhabited the Promised Land. They spoke His Word and led the people before they had a King. The book Judges narrates a portion of this period. Gideon was among these judges. God called him to lead Israel in the battle against the Midianites.
The Midianite army numbered approximately 135,000 men. Gideon assembled an army of 32,000 men. God told Gideon that the army had too many men. God reduced the Israelite army to 300 men through a selection process.
Gideon was afraid, but he trusted God to fulfill His promise. God told them they needed a smaller army to let people know that God won the battle, not a large army.
Gideon and his servant slipped into the Midianites camp the night before the battle and overheard a dream being told. Two Midianites understood the dream to mean Gideon’s smaller army would defeat their larger army. Gideon returned to his camp with new assurance and began the battle. Many Midianites became so afraid that they started fighting one another, thinking Gideon’s army was right around them.
Gideon conquered the Midianites through faith and a small army.
Esther- Faith Story with Famous Bible Quote “For such a Time as This”
Esther, a Jew, was made the wife of Ahasuerus, the king of Persians and Medes. The king had Haman, a minister at his court who plotted to kill the Jews. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, learned about the plot and advised Esther to speak with the king. Although Esther was the kingdom’s queen, their relationship was different from that of husbands or wives today. Like any other person, she had to ask for an audience with the king. Esther could be killed if she refused to accept an invitation.
Mordecai stated that Esther was placed in the position she held “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:4) Esther was the one who alerted the king about Haman’s plan. Esther replied that she would stand for her people, even if it meant death. She trusted God to help her uncover the evil plot against her people.
Faith led Esther to reveal her heritage as a Jewish child of God, and she stopped the evil plans of Haman.
In conclusion, these bible stories about faith show us that having faith in God can help us overcome any obstacle. No matter how big or small our problem may be, God is always there to help us through it. So, when you’re facing a tough situation, remember to have faith in God; He will see you through it.
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