Day 14 of She Reads Truth Hebrews devotional
When it seems to be good to be true, a fairytale land.
When others look at you peculiarly and think you have missed the mark.
When you hear from God but others doubt you or push you aside because of their own lack of faith.
When you get a blank stare when you share the dream God placed in your heart.
When you are not sure if it’ s worth the fight. All that effort, time, energy. The lack of sleep. The tears. The arguments with yourself, the enemy and others.
When logic sets in and tries to take you off course – what do you do?
You buckle the belt of truth and shield yourself with faith and keep on pressing on.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith takes action
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
It’s a test to seek God when we don’t feel like. It’s easy to fall off the bandwagon and limit our expectations of God. What use is it if we draw close to God but don’t believe that He is willing and able to do everything that He said He would? What use is it to seek God if we don’t believe that He is good and can only do good? We must ask the Holy Spirit to renew our minds daily.
by faith Abraham was called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going.
We don’t need to understand where God is taking us. Because the Israelites continuously questioned God, they never made it to the Promise land. Let’s not get distracted by the How? What? Where? and When? but keep our eyes on Who. He who promised is faithful.
The inheritance may seem delayed but God is more concerned about developing an obedient nature within us than giving us what we want. Remember we are being transformed into the image of Christ and Jesus was obedient, even to the point of death!
lived in tents
The tent the temporary place in our lives. Sometimes we have to dwell in the temporary and the uncertain places. Maybe you are the first, second or final generation of those chosen to dwell in the temporary. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob dwelt in the temporary.
looked forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God
We have to keep our eyes fixed on what is eternal not the temporary. Freedom comes when we admit that we are foreigners and strangers on the earth and nothing on this earth will ever compare to the grande city of Zion that God is building.
longing for a better country – a heavenly one
A long story of faith and we must focus our thoughts on the different ways that God has shown Himself faithful. It’s a choice to walk by faith. It often means going against societal norms.
Faith is our shield and protection (Ephesians 6: 10-18).
God goes before us and extinguishes the darts that fly by day and night (Psalm 91).
Conquered kingdoms, administered justice and gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched fiery flames, escaped the edge of the sword…whose weakness turned into strength.
We can sense the urgency and impatience of the writer of Hebrews. They say ‘do I have to remind you of Samson?’ and others who overcame by faith. It’s only when we read and allow God’s word to penetrate through our callous, hardened hearts that we can truly see the power of our faith. Faith that doesn’t make sense. Faith that brought the walls of Jericho down. Faith that gave barren women children. Faith that rose Jesus from the dead on the third day.
Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.They were stoned, they were sawn in two,they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth
However, we must be aware that there are some victories along this walk and there will be some persecution and trials. We don;t get to choose what side of the faith track we fall… but that doesn’t matter because we don’t live for the here and now.
‘You unbelieving generation…everything is possible for one who believes’ – Jesus (Mark 9)