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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Heroes of Faith

Kids Bible Devotional for March 28, 2024

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Focus Verse

Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. (KJV)

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What defines a hero? The answer may surprise you.

A hero is often considered to be someone who shows exceptional perseverance, courage, and ability in the face of danger or uncertainty. They possess admirable qualities such as bravery and selflessness – someone whom we can look up to as role models.

In the Bible, we often see these characteristics in such people as Noah, David, Esther, and even Peter and Paul who faced down persecution every day to share the gospel. Jesus is the greatest hero of them all, having endured the cross and defeated death to bring salvation to all humankind.

Yet, what separates the heroes we find in the Bible from the world’s idealized view of heroes is their faith in God. Many men and women we read about in the Bible trusted in God more than in their abilities and wisdom. For example, when David faced down Goliath, he said, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand.”

Hebrews chapter 11 lists a great number of men and women who endured so much and accomplished so much in the name of the Lord. We refer to them as Heroes of Faith, which is the title of today’s devotion.

Today's Devotion

Chloe’s eyes followed the tall red pillars that rose to meet the steep thatched replica roof of the iconic Chinese Theatre along Hollywood Boulevard. She peered down at the sidewalk in front of the building, admiring the pink granite stars emblazoned with brass plates inscribed with the names of Hollywood legends.

Her father pointed to the Chinese Theatre. “This is where many of the movie premieres took place. These premieres were red-carpet affairs, complete with famous movie stars from all walks of life. So, how are you liking the Hollywood tour so far, Chloe?”

“It’s pretty cool,” she replied. “I like reading the names on these plaques. What is this called again?”

“It’s called the Hollywood Walk of Fame” Dad replied.

“I don’t recognize a lot of the names.”

“I can’t say I recognize them all either,” Dad said. “Construction on the Walk began in 1958, way before my time or even your grandfather’s, for that matter. You know, there’s something like a Walk of Fame in the Bible.”

“There is? Where?”

“In Hebrews chapter 11, the writer goes through the history, mentioning many by name who stood faithful to God through persecution and trials.”

“Like who?” she asked.

Dad rubbed his chin. “Well, let’s see. There’s Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham. Let’s not forget about Sarah. There’s also Moses, David, and Samuel, to name a few.”

“You know, I recognized all of those people you just named,” Chloe said. “Certainly a lot more than are named on this sidewalk. It goes to show you, they are more famous in my book than anything Hollywood can pump out.”

“So true,” Dad said. “I guess it’s because we’re reminded of them more often. After all, they are the true heroes to God’s people.”

Wrap Up

Take the time to read through Hebrews 11. When you do, you will find that many of the verses start the same. Before the person is named or their achievements mentioned, they’re introduced with these words: “By faith.” This is because their faith accessed the power of God that gave them the strength, courage, and commitment to do something truly amazing for the Lord and His people.

Think about your own accomplishments. Did God give you the ability and gifts to make those achievements possible? That’s reason enough to give Him thanks.

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