FAITH MEANS I TRUST IN GOD’S PROMISES
“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.“HEBREWS 11:39-40 (NLT)
It’s not easy to live by faith. We live in a broken world. When God kicked Adam out of Eden, he told Adam that life would be hard. And it is. There’s a cosmic battle for your life going on both inside and outside of you. Our bodies don’t work right. Our relationships don’t work right. You battle with your own sinful nature. You also battle against Satan himself, who wants nothing more than to “steal, kill, and destroy.” And sometimes it just gets to us. We just want to give up.
But 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 7:17). And he gives us many other promises throughout his Word.
Hebrews 11 mentions a variety of biblical heroes who demonstrated faith in God’s promises: Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses, Gideon, Samson, and David, just to name a few. Though they endured many difficulties, they kept going in their spiritual journeys.
Then Hebrews 11:39-40 says, “All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”
When you feel like giving up, remember the heroes of the Bible and imitate their faith. One day, your faith and theirs will be rewarded, and we will all reach perfection together.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.