Monday, March 12, 2012

Things Promised

 All these people were still living by faith when they died. 
They did not receive the things promised;  Hebrews 11:13

I'm a very impatient person and I don't like surprises, so waiting for a promise to be fulfilled is a hard thing for me.  If I'm promised something, I want it now and I certainly don't want to have to suffer in order to see that promise fulfilled.

I just finished reading Hebrews 11.  The men and women listed in this chapter displayed great faith in God, but not all of them were rewarded for their faith here on earth.

Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land.  He went without knowing where he was going and he lived in tents when he got there because he was looking forward to a better place; a new home in heaven. 

Moses chose to share the oppression of God's people rather than enjoy the treasures of Egypt because he was looking ahead to his great reward.

When Joseph was about to die, he said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt.  He even gave them instructions to take his bones with them.  He was looking forward.

Jesus was looking forward when, "for the joy set before him he endured the cross."   He was looking to that day when He would again sit down at the right hand of God. 

Many times we get frustrated because our needs, wants, and expectations are not immediately met.  We get discouraged because the promise seems so far off, but we can take courage from these heroes of faith.  They lived and died without seeing the fruit of their faith here on earth, yet they still believed.  And now they are cheering us on.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Hebrews 12:1

Are you looking forward to things promised?

In order to keep looking forward I am focusing on my blessings.  This week I am thankful for:
576.  Going shopping and finding 2 pair of jeans that fit.
577.   Birds chirping in the early morning hours
578.   Sleeping with the window open
579.   A fun afternoon of golf for my husband
580.   Yummy food cooked on the grill
581.   An evening of playing Wii Sports Resort with my hubby
582.   A full week of work for my husband
583.   Beginning of March Madness - NCAA Basketball tournament
584.   Gorgeous spring weather
585.   Beneficial rain
586.   Signs of new life all around as the plants begin to bud
587.   Friends who open their home for fellowship
588.   Beautiful, sunny, warm Monday mornings
589.   Being included as a contributor in Christian Women's Voice
590.   The confidence that God's promises are true.

What's on your list today?

Many blessings,
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  1. Love this list! #583 is my fave! :)

    Great encouragement today.

  2. LOVE Hebrews 12:1 ! Great list, Lisa!

  3. Enjoyed reading your list and yes, I've got some promises I'm waiting on...waiting is hard.

  4. Lisa,

    Great list Lisa, I love 576, it is hard enough to find one pair of jeans that fit, but two!

    Blessings to you.

  5. yes...waiting for what we hold in our hearts...Hebrews has always been a comfort there...I think #576 deserves maybe a couple of numbers...not one but 2 pairs...huge:) blessings~

  6. I absolutely love your post. Patience has not been my most virtuous place. Over at my place I wrote about what awaits us on the other side of commitment, obedience, sacrifice, perseverance, and follow through. I am so glad I stopped by.

  7. I fully believe all promises are met - just not all on this temporary earth. God is good! Whoohooo!

  8. I wish you could hear the kids worship song tune that goes around in my head every single time I hear Hebrews 11. There are some tunes that NEVER go away.

  9. Lisa, so glad to see you linking up today over at THANKFUL THURSDAY.I just love that passage in Hebrews that you shared, perseverance...Lord grant it, please! :)