1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Matthew 13:54, 57-58
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
-If you are not familiar with the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, it is a who’s who of the spiritual giants from throughout Biblical history. Consider the giants of faith described in Hebrews 11, now consider that for every one of these faithful men and women, there are hundreds of examples of similar people who failed similar circumstances because they lacked faith. That’s the hidden lesson of Hebrews 11, not who made it in, but how many didn’t. There are only 16 names mentioned in Hebrews 11. 16 from the time of Adam until the time of the early church. Now certainly there are other groups who are mentioned and still more who could have been included, but still, think about the countless people whose names aren’t there. Not because they weren’t rich enough or strong enough, but because of unbelief. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please [God].” Does the Lord sound pleased in the above scripture from Matthew 13? More importantly, when the Lord steps on the scene in your life, is He pleased with what He finds?