“The future is as bright as the promises of God.” ~ Judson
Jesus’ resurrection bolstered up the faith of His followers. In fact, all of them went on to willingly give their lives in martyrdom, all looking forward to God fulfilling all of His promises. This is the emphasis in Hebrews 11 where the writer describes each Believer enduring hardship and reproach ‘because they considered God faithful who had promised, being sure of what they hoped for.’
The word translated ‘being sure’ was used for a ‘title deed’ which legally guaranteed the possessor future possession of a property. Faith gives certainty to our hopes. Faith is not the projection of our wishes and desires into the future, a kind of spiritual wishful thinking; rather, faith is the title deed to what we hope for. It gives solid confidence… a compelling certainty that what God has said, He will do. It is a certainty planted in the Believer’s heart by The Spirit, based on God’s Word (Ingid). It is why Jesus could pray ‘thy will be done’ in the garden, knowing the horrific sacrifice that was yet ahead of Him. God has promised to ‘never leave you nor forsake you.’ As for Christ’s Sacrifice, God had said, “But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.” (Isaiah 53:10)
Do you see the promise of resurrection and eternity in the verse? It was this ‘joy that was set before Jesus that enabled Him to endure the cross, despising its shame.’ It was the promise of your salvation and becoming a descendant that bolstered Him up in His trial and grief.
You too can press on through whatever besets you, knowing He who has promised is leading the way, caring for your every need. When our thoughts, desires, hopes, and actions line up with His “Perfect Will” and we are operating according to His “Perfect Design”, as Jesus was, we can say ‘being sure of what we hope for’ as we press on through each day.
“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…. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:6,16)
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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Daily Quote: “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” – Oswald Chambers
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” Philippians 2:16