February 3: 2021: What Does It Take to Be a Hero?
“They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb. 11:37–38, NKJV).
I look at the wonderful heroes of the Bible and think of how great it would be to be used by God like they were. After all, Hebrews 11 is about the greatest heroes the world has ever seen.
Then I think of what it really meant to be a hero. Those people suffered more things than any of us would want to. If only we could be a hero without the suffering that accompanies it. I also believe that if you asked them if they considered themselves heroes, they would probably think you’re crazy. In fact, they probably would have preferred to escape their situations. These circumstances were marked with extreme trials. What makes them heroes is their faith and their complete dependence on God.
My favorite part of this passage is, “of whom the world was not worthy.” Do you ever feel like you do not fit here on earth? Like you are always going against the grain because you want to follow God, but it seems like the world is determined to walk away from Him? That’s because we don’t belong here. Instead, we long for Jesus’ return—the greatest Hero the world will ever see.
Dear God, let me be the hero that will take a stand for You and lead a precious soul to the real Hero. Amen.
Brandon Senior is the district pastor of the Washington, Uniontown Hilltop, Mon Valley, Greensburg and East Suburban churches in Pennsylvania.
Read more devotionals:
February 1, 2021: The Patient
February 2, 2021: Trust God
February 3, 2021: What Does it Take to Be a Hero?
February 4, 2021: A Lame Man is Healed
February 5, 2021: When Silence Speaks Louder Than Words
February 6, 2021: Plans That Included Me
February 7, 2021: From Test to Testimony
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