And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah,about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
These heroes of the faith were heroes because they had faith. They were not heroes first. They are not heroes of OUR faith. They were people who had faith and became heroic in life because of it.
Read their stories. They were not so awesome. Their stories became heroic and part of the Bible because they had faith in God. God is the One who is awesome. He is the Hero of Scripture. These people’s weaknesses were turned to strength, not because of their intelligence or skill, but because they had faith in God.
This is true of us all, isn’t it? There are no spiritual heroes born. We are born in the culture and atmosphere of sin and rebellion. We need a Savior! Spiritual heroes come as faith in Christ grows. As trust deepens and love increases, heroes of the faith are created by the grace of God. My weakness can easily be turned to strength by the One who can do all things. How will God do this great work in and eventually through me? By faith. As I believe and trust in Him. As I look to His ability and strength (and not my own), then He re-creates me into the image of His Son. It doesn’t just happen, though. It happens by faith.
Lord, increase my faith and trust in You. Turn my weakness into strength and receive great glory! Allow my life to reflect you and use me to encourage other people. You are worthy of all worship and I do today.