All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Hebrews 11:13 (NLT)
“Promises, promises, why do I believe?” Do you remember that 1983 hit song by Naked Eyes? The song talks about promises that are broken by someone else. I’m sure you can relate. Whether we’ve had promises broken by our parents in the past or our friends and even spouses, we all know what it feels like to have a promise broken.
Whenever I read this verse, I’m blown away by the faith of our Old Testament heroes. I’m sure they had experienced broken promises as well, yet their faith in God’s promises was different. It was a faith that was grounded in the belief that God can and would ALWAYS come through. God isn’t a typical promise maker. He truly has the ability to do what He says He will do. These heroes of our faith didn’t get to experience God’s Son, Jesus, coming and dying on the cross, but, they were promised that it would one day happen and they believed it!
I wonder what God has been promising us. I wonder what He is telling you and me about the future. And, I wonder how many times I’ve not “received what was promised,” but instead doubted that it would ever come to pass. Maybe our faith needs to be grounded in the reality that we are just foreigners in the land called earth. This place is just a temporary dwelling to set us up for eternity. Maybe when my perspective changes, my faith grows!
I challenge you to allow your faith to grow and believe God’s promises to you today!!