All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
It is fitting that Abraham be included in this chapter which the NASB gives the heading “the triumphs of faith.” Other Bible translations title Hebrews 11 “faith in action,” “great examples of faith,” “faith that produces action,” “by faith we understand,” and “faith in what we don’t see.” Whichever you prefer, it’s undeniable that Abraham fits into these categories. Each of the people listed in Hebrews had a faith that “looked forward.” Despite not having a crystal clear view of the future, Abraham chose to trust and obey God.
This chapter refers to various Old Testament figures who exemplified tremendous faith in God. This verse is a suitable reminder that we may not see the fulfillment of all of God’s promises in our lifetime. Even Abraham only saw one grandson in his earthly life, but all nations on earth have been blessed because Abraham trusted God and obeyed Him. Therefore, we need to remember that how we live now affects the coming generations.
As we live in obedience to God and do what He teaches us in the Bible, we will experience an abundant life even in the midst of many trials that come our way. We can follow difficult and perplexing commands. Though we might be puzzled, we can be confident that God’s way is ideal. His thoughts are unsurpassed. When Jesus returns, we will experience the fruit of God’s fulfilled promises. Truly, the best is yet to come!
• What is your primary take away on faith from Abraham’s life?
• How do you anticipate God’s work in your life? What of God’s plans for your future are you looking forward to?
• Pray and seek God’s help in keeping your perspective eternal rather than temporary.