One afternoon this summer, I was in the car with my lovely adolescent granddaughter, Allyson.
She was being very animated in telling me that she didn’t like her hair, or her eyes or—ANYthing about herself. Obviously, she was having one of those awkward “too big to be little too little to be big” moments.
When she was done with her list of ‘stuff’, I assured her that she was not only very beautiful now but one day; she’d be a beautiful woman as well. With a frustrated sigh, she proclaimed, “But mamaw, by then, you’ll be DEAD!” While that is a stunning thought, it’s probably true.
Sometimes, when we pray and pray and PRAY about something, we don’t see the answer. In our heart we know that we know that God’s promises are forever true! However, our lives are so ‘time aware’ that we lose sight of the fact that God’s plan spans eternity.
The “Hall of Faith” heroes in the book of Hebrews never saw the fulfillment of God’s promises in their life time. But God’s word is faithful to accomplish what His perfect plan is—long past our life span! The faith heroes of old held, in their heart, the knowledge of God’s past miracles and held fast to God’s promises for the future.
If there is something that you have prayed, in full knowledge of God’s sovereignty, rest assured that your prayers will be answered. God is faithful; ALL the time.
According to Hebrew’s 11:1, that is what “faith” is all about; knowing what you haven’t seen yet. Sometimes, the only way we will see the full extent of God’s faithfulness is through the “rearview mirror” of eternity.
(Hebrews 11:13) All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.