32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. – Hebrews 11:32-40 [NKJV]
There are many people following Christ who believe that their eternal reward for their life’s work is based on what good that they do. What is so many times, forgotten is that Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God! The Bible also teaches us that the just live by faith. Think today about what heaven sees in what you do. Hebrews 11 gives great account of Abraham’s faith exploits and nothing of his lesser moments. Perhaps we should give preference in our perspective of our lives and circumstances to what God sees?
So many times in life we become discouraged by what we see and feel in our present circumstances, without taking into account the opportunity that we have been given to live by faith! Hebrews 11:40:
40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Two principles are clear in this passage. 1.) God has something better for us. 2.) Heaven is being held open because there are still things that have yet to be experienced, miracles that have yet to be seen, signs and wonders that have yet to be performed, in other words there are some great stories of faith here in Hebrews 11 – but the greatest have yet to be told, because they have yet to be lived! I wonder what would happen if we would begin to view our present circumstances with a perspective of faith instead of doubt, fear, and distress? Perhaps the very thing you are facing this week is the opportunity of your lifetime to live in faith! I don’t believe, even for a moment, that at 99 years old Abraham was thinking this is it for me, my whole life, God’s purpose and promise for me all points to this moment. However when God “showed up on the scene” everything shifted and things began to change. What was once barren, became fertile. What was impossible, instantly became possible. What had caused broken dreams and defeat for nearly a century was reversed in moment.
Choose to believe today that God can, and he will. Choose to see your circumstances as an opportunity of a lifetime, and not the worst season of your life and you will move from natural pain into supernatural promise and purpose. Encourage yourself today in the promises of God for your life and evict discouragement and depression from your life! Remember: He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it to its END! God never starts something He can’t finish . . . and He never promises something He can’t perform!
Step into your day in faith! God’s promise is, He’s got something better for YOU – In Faith!