Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). While reading the whole chapter of Hebrews eleven, I can imagine God walking down the middle of a big hall similar to what we have here on earth as the “Hall of Fame”. I picture God painting out faithful people who please and obeyed him.
“There’s my son Noah, who obeyed me and built the ark. Here’s my son Moses who led people out of Egypt. And my son Abraham who offered up his beloved son Isaac.” All these people who had great faith who not only believed in God but trusted and obeyed him. All of these faithful people mentioned and obeyed him. All of these faithful people mentioned in this chapter if scripture obtained a good testimony and were commended for their faith yet none of them received what had been promised before they died. Because God had his plan.
“God having provided something better for us that they should not be made perfect (complete) apart from us” (Hebrews 11:40).
Christ completed God’s plan “and having been perfected he became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Hebrews 5:9).
“For it was fitting for him for whom are all things and by who, are all things in bringing many sons to glory to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10).
Many of these heroes of faith suffered many persecutions and great suffering because of their faith, Read Hebrews 11:32-38. I doubt that many of us will ever have to endure the harsh torturing, mockings, scourgings, chains, and imprisonment like these Old Testament heros of faith had to suffer. But, we will have trails and sufferings as long as we remain in this present day world.
God is pleased and honored when we believe and hope even thought we can’t see. Romans 8:25, “But is we hope for what we do not see then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” God didn’t allow the Old Testament heros to receive all that he promised about his coming Kingdom because he had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them for they can’t receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race here on earth.
When it comes to matters of faith God has given us in the Bible all the facts we need in order to be assured of salvation and to trust in the authority if God’s word. The more time we spend in God’s word, the better grasps of the facts we will have and the more convinced we will be of our faith. We have so much more offered to us today, that he Old Testaments saints didn’t have. We have study bibles, prayer groups, and weekly worship services. We have the nicer things in life yet our faith seems so limited. God has provided for us in so many ways. Jesus told a father that “everything is possible to the one who believes” (Mark 9:23). The man said, “I do believe, help my unbelief” (verse 24). Jesus healed the man’s son. When we have faith we allow Jesus to work in out circumstances. I am thankful for the examples in scripture of faithful men and women. Like the man mentioned in Mark, “Lord help our unbelief!”
From my Heart