Faith Tested and Proven (Feb. 1, Monday)

The word for today is “tested.” Today on the “Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple,” we read Hebrews 11:17-23, 27-31. In this passage, the apostle recalls the faith of those who endured numerous and unspeakable trials “by faith.”  The apostle begins, “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son…” (vs. 17). Consider what faith empowered and inspired the people of God to do: offered up his only son, blessed Esau and Jacob, blessed the sons of Joseph, gave instructions for his burial in the holy land, hid the baby Moses from being slain, left the luxury of Pharaoh’s palace and Egypt…