You may have heard that problems and troubles in the Christian life, if not caused by sin, are caused by a lack of faith. You may also have heard of the 11th chapter of Hebrews, also known as the faith chapter and the heroes of faith chapter. Usually the readings from this chapter are from verses 1-35, telling us the how their faith of the men and women of God was part of God working out His purpose in their lives. God did the miracles. Even their faith was a gift from God through the Holy Spirit (It’s one of the fruits of the spirit). These verses are encouraging reading for us as we see that nothing and no one can stop God’s will.
The next three verses we hear little or nothing of. The men and women of God mentioned in verses 36-39 also had great faith (also given by God the Holy Spirit)’ otherwise they would not be mentioned in this chapter.
Hebrews 11:36-38 NKJV
36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [a]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.
The only way these men and women of God were able to endure these things was because of the miracles God was working in their lives. He gave them faith, strengthened them, guided them and provided for them. Consider the first words of verse 38 “of whom the world was not worthy”, God was not punishing them, He was pleased with them. And what do all God’s people, those who lived in the past and those living now, have in common?
Hebrews 11:39-40 (NKJV)
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.
None of us have received the promise yet. We are all going to receive it together. That’s the important thing. Anything else in this life, whether we have much or little, or how much suffering or loss we have to bear, is God’s will being worked out through us. Pastor Sharon and I encourage you to pray about this post and ask God what He wants you to learn from it.
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