DAILY WORD 8/17/20

13. All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.

14. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.

15. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.

16. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:13–16 NLT

Today’s passage is a transition between the Profiles of Faith subject matter that the author has been talking about and it poses a very important and pertinent question for us to answer about our own levels of Faith when it comes to Trusting God to do as He has Promised.

We talked about Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isacc Jacob, and Sarah and how their Faith defined their characters but there is another aspect of their Faith that cannot be ignored. It is the fact that very few of them lived to see God’s Promises fulfilled in their lifetimes.

These people, by and large, were Promised some great things, however, the completion of the Pledges God Made for them took longer than their lifetimes to bring to fruition.

They had to go to their graves still believing that what God had Said He was Going to Do was Still Coming whether they got to see the End Product of it or not.

They existed as foreigners, strangers, and pilgrims living in tents and having no land to call their own. They looked forward to a Heavenly Home but they also looked forward to the finishing of God’s Work in their lives. They died and it never came.

They had to be satisfied believing that God would finish the Work He had Promised and in the realization that their lives had been only the catalyst for the Great Things to Come that God and Set into Motion.

This brings us to the “important question” I referred to earlier: How big is your Faith? If God has Made a Promise to you and you are facing your death bed without it being Fulfilled, do you lose Faith in Him, believing that He lied and the thing is never going to happen, or do you hold onto your Trust in the Fact that He cannot lie and the thing may just be bigger than your life?

Is your Faith bigger than your ego? A lot of us HAVE to see the thing in our lifetimes because it was never about God in the first place; it was about our pride.

We had to have an accomplishment, we needed to leave a legacy, we longed for achievement, something people could look at and say, “Look at what this guy did!”, or, “What she made was amazing!”

However, the things God Creates may take longer than the span of your meager life to accomplish. The question is; are you okay with that?

Is it about Him and the Fulfillment of His Promise, or is it about your own accomplishments and the praise it will afford you in this life? If it is the latter, then once you’ve gained the recognition for it that is all the reward you’ll ever get.

But if it is truly about God’s Glory and your life is His to utilize as He sees fit, then it may require that you surrender His Promises back to Him so He can Fulfill them according to His Own Timing and Will.

That may well mean you don’t get to see it done before you die. Can you live with that or was it always about the praise? Is your Faith bigger than your ego? Will you be alright dying without that Promised Fulfillment?

If you are a true Pilgrim, a real Foreigner then it was always about your Ultimate Reward in Heaven in the first place. So, when God does finally Make Good on His Promise (and you can be assured that if He said He would, He absolutely will) not only His Fulfillment of the Promise but the echoes of your Faith will resound throughout the Infinite Corridors of Eternity. Now, that is True Faith!

Have a Marvelous Monday and Stay Safe out there!

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Chris Reid

A lifelong poet and lyricist, and aspiring novelist, who’s taken to heart the old adage, “Only what you do for Christ shall last.”