We find many men of faith in the Bible, but before naming them we have to know what the word faith means. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1: “Therefore, faith is the certainty of what is expected, the conviction of what is not seen.” Yes, many men of the Bible had that definition of faith, believed in God even without having received what was promised, and possibly our most striking example to date is that of Abraham, however, the Bible tells us of many other men of God that had incredible faith and reading about them today fills us with much rejoicing and hope.
The apostle Paul said to the Romans:
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
All these men believed in God by a word, and of course, a word from God. Abraham believed in God when He said, “Get out of your land and from your relatives to the land that I will show you.” In the book of Hebrews it also says that Moses remained as seeing the Invisible, that is, let us remember, Moses was raised in the palace of Pharaoh, but when the time came, he did not refuse to belong to the people of God. We also have men like Daniel, who did not care about being thrown into a pit full of lions, and what about Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego? These three young men preferred to be thrown into a furnace of fire, and all because they believed mightily in God.
How many more men could we mention? I think I would fill these pages with thousands of words, because we have had men who have believed in God incredibly throughout history. Paul says: “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” We are here because we have heard the Word of God and that word has produced in us the faith that we have today.
Let us keep our faith always, believing that God is powerful to free us from all evil and stand firm until the end.