Jesus says faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). The writer of Hebrews tells us that faith believes in something that cannot be seen. Exactly how does faith work? When I examined the Scriptures, this is what stood out to me:
By faith, Noah built an ark for when the rain brought the flood.
Whatever rain is …
But he obeyed anyway. (Genesis 7-9)
By faith, Abraham packed up his family to go to the promise land.
Whatever that land might be …
But he obeyed anyway. (Genesis 12:1-4)
By faith, Isaac went to find a wife among his own people.
Whoever she is …
But he obeyed anyway. (Genesis 24)
By faith, Moses lifted his staff above the Red Sea.
Whatever a lifted rod would do …
But he obeyed anyway. (Exodus 14:12-31)
By faith, Joshua marched his army in silence around Jericho.
Whatever that odd command might accomplish …
But he obeyed anyway. (Joshua 6)
By faith, Daniel still prayed three times a day against the king's decree.
Whatever difference prayer would make …
But he obeyed anyway. (Daniel 6)
We never know what faith may ask of us, but it stirs us to obey like those we read about in the Scriptures. Their courage and the faithfulness remind us of what the Lord can do.