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I was reading Hebrews 11 in my devotions this week and was struck by the very first verse.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (NLT
I started to ponder on what those “hopes” might be. Is our trust in God the confidence that we’ll get that new car we were hoping for? Is our faith the confidence that everything will turn out exactly the way we were hoping?
The context of this verse speaks really clearly to that.
This hope isn’t just about “stuff”. This is an eternal hope that we will receive the promise of resurrection. That God would not count our sins against us but make us clean and accept us. (Heb 10:19-22)
The writer of Hebrews draws our focus away from “stuff” and toward the most important thing in your life: You’ve been accepted by God when you should have been rejected!
He draws us to focus on God’s acceptance and eternal promise in the middle of all situations.
This doesn’t mean we can’t believe God to come through in our circumstance. In fact, quite the contrary! Heb 11 is a laundry list of miracles that occurred by faith – but they came out of this eternal confidence in a God of favour. A confidence that meant whether they were put to the sword (Heb 11:35b-38) or they overthrew kingdoms (Heb 11:33-35a), their focus was an eternal one and grounded in the eternal hope of being with Jesus one day.
It’s a call to each of us to lift our eyes and focus on the most important thing – Jesus died for you and I and has bought us favour with God as a result.
Regardless of our circumstances, we can live from a place of confidence and peace that God will always have your back – now and into eternity.