Hebrews 11:39, These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Revelation 21:4, ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
I’ve been teaching a series on Sundays entitled, “Bold: Living An Audacious Faith.” It’s not easy to live by faith! After Adam and Eve sinned, God sent them out of the Garden of Eden and warned them that life was going to be hard in a world filled with sin, and it is! Our bodies don’t work right. Our relationships don’t work right. We battle against Satan who wants nothing more than to “…steal, kill and destroy…”(John 10:10). Sometimes it just gets to us. We want to give up.
True faith means I trust in God’s promises regardless of my circumstances. In Hebrews 11, God urges us to hang on. God hasn’t forgotten us, and He will fulfill His promises one day. He promises to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He promises to take away our tears (Revelation 21:4). He gives us many other promises in His Word. Hebrews 11 mentions a number of biblical heroes who demonstrated faith in God’s promises, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Gideon, Samson, and David just to name a few. Though they endured many difficulties, they kept going in their spiritual journeys.
When you feel like giving up, remember the heroes of the Bible and imitate their faith, because true faith means trusting God’s promises.
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D