Today’s Reading: Hebrews 11-13
Today’s Reflection: Hebrews 11:13
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
Hebrews 11 is sometimes referred to as the “Hall of Fame of Faith”, recounting the stories of patriarchs and prophets (and one prostitute) who’s lives were incredible examples of faith in God. In today’s reflection text, we see that these heroes had faith so great that it never wavered, even if they died before receiving the promises their faith was founded on. Through faith, “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), they chose to believe in God’s faithfulness to fulfill everything He had promised.
How is it with us?
I know for myself, sometimes I’ll receive a promise from God, but if I haven’t seen His hand moving after a time I’ll start getting concerned. Has God forgotten me? Did I really hear from Him? Maybe I need to handle this situation myself… Sound familiar? Not really faithful, is it?
The truth is faith means trusting God to do what He has said He will do, as well as doing our part, which always includes complete obedience to His instructions and commands. While waiting is hard it always has a purpose; sometimes for us, sometimes for others, sometimes for those witnessing our exercise of faith and being taught and strengthened by it.
So ask yourself, is your faith enough to sustain you while you wait? Is your assurance in God strong enough to even outlast death?
Psalm 37:34 – Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.