GOD’S REMINDER: “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.” (Hebrews 11:13)
NOTE TO SELF: I’m noticing something odd in this scripture: “they did NOT receive the things promised; they only saw them…”
I once went to a women’s weekend retreat and had a piano prophetess call me out from the crowd during a major bout of disbelief (I was very young in the Lord). She called me out by asking my friend if she came to the retreat with anyone. My friend was sitting on the opposite side of the room and pointed me out.
As I approached the piano, she was suddenly overwhelmed with a Word from God for me. She told me of nearly every doubt I was experiencing and that God was going to make me a “mighty warrior”, so mighty, that the enemy would be afraid of me. Imagine!
That was fifteen years ago, and I am far from a mighty warrior, but it is a promise I’m waiting for and believing God will fulfill. I am still overcome with doubts and fears that consume me and sometimes lead me far from the cross, slopping around in my own sin. Mighty? Warrior? Who? Me?
“Yes,” God insists.
When it will happen, I don’t know. All I can do is welcome this promise from a distance. I see it, I’m just not there yet. When we hear a promise from God, we need to take the Faith Hall of Famers’ lead. We will never be content with God if we receive a promise and expect instant gratification (note to self). Sometimes we have to wait weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime to see. Some other promises we are given aren’t merely for us, but for our family and generations to come, but it requires us to be…faithful.
I’m not one to lecture or minister on living by faith, because my faith is shaky at best. Each day is a challenge to walk in faith, and most days I end up walking in my flesh without even realizing it until I’m so overwhelmed and beat down I’m sobbing myself to sleep. But this scripture leapt out at me today because I have been called for something great (and so have you!), but seeing that promise fulfilled means growing, maturing, and learning to lean on God completely, which is a process that takes time…and faith.