Once, I saw an internet meme that caught my attention. The picture was divided in two. In the upper half a guy was energetically digging for diamonds, and after digging a lot, he was getting closer to his goal. In the lower part of the picture, the same guy is beaten up, and quits digging a sliver before he reaches the diamonds. I don’t know how many times you have felt that way, but the fact of the matter is that walking by faith is a lot like that. Hebrew 10:36-39
We all admire the great men and women in the Faith hall of fame in Heb. 11. What we don’t think about often, is what they had to endure to get there… Now, endurance is a process, and process usually repeats itself. It goes something like this:
First of all we receive a promise from God. We can’t just manufacture our own promise. We can’t simply claim someone else’s promise. We have to develop our own relationship with God, and receive our own promise from Him.
Our God is a personal God. Yes, he cares about the earth and the entire universe. Yes, he leads nations and organizations to accomplish his will, but He still have time, and desire to develope a personal relationship with each one of us. That is the heart of the Gospel…. From creation to rebellion to redemption, He always seeks a personal relationship with us.
Secondly , we believe our promise. Hebrew 13:1-3 tells us that: Faith is the assurance of what we hope for. Faith is conviction without seeing. Faith is understanding without knowing all the details. Faith is not blind. Faith is not contrary to science and reality. Faith is believing in a higher reality, without having all the conclusive arguments on a daily basis.
Finally we act on our promise. We take steps of faith, like Noah building an Ark where there was no rain or ocean. Or Abraham, leaving his country without knowing where he is going. We fight for your blessing, like Joshua did to conquer the promise land. We remind ourselves with the promises of God to draw faith from that well. We read our Bible constantly to keep God’s faithfulness in front of our eyes.
I don’t know about you, but I want to go spend time with God, and ask him what He has for me this present time. Then I want to start this process of reciving, believing, and acting on the promise of God.