Day 39 (guest blogger)
The author of Hebrews wrote these words before entering into a section about those who died in faith that God would hold to His promises. Beginning with creation and ending with the Exodus, the author uses the Old Testament to illustrate how we are to hold in faith to the sure promises that we have received from God. In spite of suffering, loss, and the promises seeming impossible, the Lord’s people have always held in faith that the Lord will do what he has promised in His word.
There is perhaps no greater example of this than Abraham. Abraham received great promises, but these were not promises that could be seen. He was renamed as the father of many nations when he was childless. He was told that this promise would come through his son Isaac, but then he was told to sacrifice this same son. He was called righteous, not because he lived a righteous life (he certainly didn’t!), but because he held to these promises that he had received from the righteous God. Abraham believed that the Lord would keep his promises. Though he did not live to see them fulfilled and all things in his life appeared otherwise, Abraham believed that the Lord would keep His word.
We have also received great promises:
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4) -Our sins have been drowned in the waters of baptism. They are sealed in His grave and we are raised up with Him as new creations.
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
-Christ has united the whole church as one body through the gift of His very own body and blood.
“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20)
Christ has given us His promises. His words remain true, now and always. In spite of all appearances to the contrary, the kingdom of God has reigned on earth since the day that Christ first announced it. We hold in faith to sure promises that we are unable to see. We eagerly await the day when our faith is made sight, but until that day I leave you with words from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”