do not become sluggish [lazy], but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
In this chapter the writer of Hebrews reveals that the great fathers of the faith, such as Abraham, inherited the promises of God by faith and patience. The promises that God gives are not received by a one time prayer and here you go. The greatest promises took years of enduring faith for the people of God to see take place.
Vs. 15 “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
Abraham being the example here, had to wait until he was well past the normal point of having children to receive the first fruit of his promise Isaac. God promised to give him more than the stars in the sky multitude of descendants and he had to patiently endure just to see Isaac. Through faith and patience, he obtained and inherited the first part of an amazing promises that is still being fulfilled today!
Over in Hebrews 11 is the other half of the story:
Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Sarah also had to have a persevering faith to believe that what God said he would bring forth through her would take place. The good thing that we see here is that her unbelief, she laughed at the word of The Lord, is not recorded. Only the faith and patience that inherits the promise is recorded in the history of heaven.
Even after Abraham and Sarah received the primary fulfillment of their promise Isaac, God tested them to see if they would still have faith that would be supernaturally obedient and endurant to give God glory through the seed. This is what is recorded about Abraham’s faith:
Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
Abraham had such an assurance in the faithfulness of God to bring about the promise that He had spoken Abraham believed God would raise Isaac from the dead to complete it. This faith was that much more incredible, because no one had ever been raised from the dead yet. This is just one of the fathers of our faith who is a great example of inheriting the promises of God by faith and persevering patience.
My encouragement for us today is to never give up and never lose heart. Maybe you have seen some fruit already from The 40, maybe not. Look to the faithfulness of God to bring forth the seeds that have been sown and grown during this season to bring them forth at exactly the right time. I got news last night that my unborn nephew that was supposed to come early because of complications is doing better and being allowed to go full term. My family has been fasting and praying for him since we found out. His full healing may not be there yet, but praise the Lord for a good testimony. Look for the fulfillment of your prayers, big or small, and let them spur you on to faith and patience in obtaining the promises of God and never giving up on what God has spoken!
Jesus, I desire to truly be one of Your children of faith. No matter what I may see with my eyes, I will look to You to fulfill Your promises. Help me to have continually increasing faith and patience in You that You may bring forth all that You have for me and want to do through me. May I never give up on You because You are faithful!!!
- Read through Hebrews over the next week
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal promises that God has spoken to you
- Ask for an increase in faith, patience, and obedience
- Walk out all God has called you to do
Be blessed today to stand strong and be the person of faith you were created to be! May you stand strong in faith and persevere through every obstacle to lay hold of the promises of God as you are propelled into the next level with Him!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!