“Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised…” vs. 39
The writer of Hebrews was well aware of the proud history of his people…he could recount the stories of judges, prophets, and kings in great detail. And it wasn’t only the notable folks who had caught his attention…there had been countless others too who had been faithful to the Lord, even to the point of suffering and death. And none of them had seen the benefits of what had been promised. We know what that’s like! People have continued to be called by God and many have responded with lives of faithful service as they’ve walked in the way of Jesus. We know their stories of discipline and sacrifice. Some have become well known as pastors and missionaries…others have been known only by their families and friends. They’ve clung to the promises of God with all their hearts…and none have seen the realization of those dreams in this life! With that as a heritage it’s a wonder that any become believers…and yet we do. We devote our lives to Jesus, live out our days to their end, and never see the fulfillment of the resurrection promises. Oh we do catch glimpses of the Kingdom along the way…and that seems to be enough. The promises alone sustain us! It is as Hebrews tells us, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Thought for the Day: What promises of God are most dear to me?