“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. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” – Hebrews 11:13-16 NIV
Hebrews 11 is known as the “Hall of Faith” chapter. From start to finish, we are reminded of those who saw the promise “from afar” and believed, and their faith commended them to God. I often wonder what it was like for these great men and women of faith – seeking after a promise not fully revealed, not fully known, but fully real to them. I often pray that I may be as strong and enduring, in the strength and power of the the Holy Spirit, to walk in the same boldness as I await the day that my faith shall be sight.
We are able to see the promise from the other side of the cross; we know more fully what that promise is, and Who embodies that promise. We gaze upon the scandalous beauty of the cross and see the Old Testament promises and prophecies fulfilled. We peer into the empty tomb and are filled with anticipation of what is yet to come. For although we know more fully, we are still waiting, still seeing from afar, the culmination of all God has said He will do.
We do not wait in vain. We wait in confidence and trust. The blessed hope fills us with peace and joy, as we are enveloped by the security of our God’s love and care. So let us wait in holy anticipation, knowing that He who promised is faithful and He will do it.
Grace and peace…