A Different Drummer

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”

I often think of this quote because I compare it to the walk of a Christian. Christians walk to the beat of a different drum. We aren’t mainstream. We are different. We do not act and do as the world does. We do as our Father in Heaven tells us to do. Faith is the reason we walk “out-of-step” from the world because our answers are not in the world but in our faith.

One of my favorite chapters to read of the Bible when I am discouraged is Chapter 11 of Hebrews. It is the book that tells us about those who have gone before us and exhibited faith and overcome great obstacles for the glory of God. I call it the “By Faith” chapter.

Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”

Hebrews 11:23, “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.”

Hebrews 11:29, “By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.”

There is something about the phrase, “By faith” that fills my heart with determination and helps me to see solutions. All the answers to every problem we face is in those two simple words, “By faith.” What then does faith mean? Many people have thoughts about faith. Some see faith as a wish. Some see faith as a positive feeling or optimism. Others see it as a declaration of what we want to happen. Faith can be misunderstood.

God explains to us what faith means in verses 1 and 2 of chapter 11 in Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:1-2, “Now faith is confidence… and assurance…2 This is what the ancients were commended for.”

Confidence and assurance – that’s it. Confidence to know God is going to work all things for our good. Assurance to know His word is true.

Noah kept hammering and building; hammering and building. The Israelites kept walking, step by step, with soldiers behind them and a wall of water around them. Moses’ mom put him in a papyrus basket in the Nile River because she knew he was no ordinary child.

By confidence…by assurance…by faith.

Have confidence the answer to your problem is on the way. Be assured God knows what you need and when you need. Trust in his timing. Exercise your faith, today.


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