Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
-- Helen Kelle
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
By faith... we understand that the universe was formed at God's command...
By faith... Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did.
By faith... he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings and by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith... Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith... Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.
By faith... Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith... he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country;
By faith... Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
By faith... Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.
By faith... Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
By faith... Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
By faith... Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.
By faith... Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
By faith... Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
By faith... he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
By faith... he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
By faith... the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
By faith... the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.
By faith... the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Faith is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.