Coming back to the Book of Hebrews where the writer sort of shakes the very core of our faith with this one verse:
- “They all died in faith – not having received – the things promised..”
My question to you is – and this was the question that the Lord confronted me with:
- Will you continue to serve the Lord even if not one of His promises are fulfilled in your life? I am not referring to the ultimate promise of eternal life and heaven. I mean the fulfilment of promises such as healing, protection, provision, guidance, etc. for this current life of us?
- Will God still be righteous or unrighteous?
- Does He still loves you and me or not?
- Are His promises still true and is He still faithful to trust?
Just take a minute and reflect on this. How deep is your love for Christ? Do you really have faith in Him and do you trust Him with your life? Do you think that God is aware of you or not? Does He even know your name? Believe me He do know you by name and also have a specific plan and purpose for you!
The Word says the following in 1Co 10:11:
“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come”
We have the history of all these people from the Word of God and the purpose of their life stories is to be a warning and instruction for us. We can learn from their experiences and not make the same mistakes. Therefore, these men of God according to Hebrews 11, were all men of faith. Although they died without receiving the things promised, they still have set the example for us. Although they died before receiving the things promised, they have seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. That is truly faith.
“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. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. (Heb 11:13-15-ESV)
The Message declares the following – Pro 29:18:
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.