Hebrews 11: Faithful Endurance

by Bob Young
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Reading: Hebrews 11

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40)

Reflecting and Thinking
Today's reading is familiar and well known: the "faith chapter" the "Hall of Faith." We celebrate the Old Testament examples of faith. The pattern becomes automatic, "by faith…" These could not see what is now visible. These did not receive what was promised. These led the way; they provide us examples of faith; they persevered despite the obstacles they faced-obstacles that have now been overcome in Jesus. These Old Testament heroes are now a part of us. We are sharing together the victory.

Can you imagine what it would have been like to have lived in difficult times during the Old Testament? What does it mean for you to faithfully endure? How long does God want us to endure? What has God provided so that we can endure?

Heavenly Father, we are amazed at the perseverance of those who lived by faith. We so much want to see; it is hard for us to imagine living faithfully when we cannot see. Help us grow in faith-in our confidence in your existence, and in our confidence in your reward of diligent seekers. Thank you for Jesus, in His name we pray, Amen.

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