We may read the notable histories of many of the biblical patriarchs in Hebrews, chapter 11; these men and women have become our examples and champions. We marvel at them as we ponder their close walks with God, how they listened to His voice and obeyed, without hesitation, even though they did not have the spiritual helps that we have today. There were no Bibles or churches, no Christian music, no inspirational literature. Those like Enoch, of whom it is said, he “pleased God” embarked on their individual journeys to discover and obey Him and see His end. Their faith enabled them to glimpse beyond the shadow of their existence the face of He Who is invisible. By faith, Abel, by faith, Enoch, by faith, Noah by faith, Abraham; with nothing more than His command, these individuals accomplished great exploits because of their inner embrace of the things of God.
But were their deeds in fact the first acts of faith? Consider the creation of the earth. Hebrews 11:3 states, “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” By faith…the worlds were prepared… When God spoke into the nothing and caused light to be, was it not His unfathomable knowledge of His own Being that caused Him to speak? This was He who testified of Himself, “I Am that I Am!” Psalms 33:9 “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” The word of His mouth, a voice emanating from the invisible, commanding things that were not as though they were…and they became; this was the origin of faith. The substance of the very things, embodied and envisioned within Him, without counsel or collaboration, became evident at His will, at His holy whim. Was it not God Himself who was the first Hero of faith?