TUESDAY, MAY 31
Scripture: Hebrews 11: 35b-40
Verses 35b-40 say, “Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” In verses 32b-40 we have others who used their faith, suffered and did not get what they believed for yet used their faith for an eternal reward. Even though they did not see God’s promises come to pass, they passed on the vision of what He promised. Their whole life was laid down not seeing what God had promised but passing it onto others that would one day experience it. For 400 years the children of Israel were locked up in Egypt, passing the promise of deliverance on until Moses came. And only that generation saw the deliverance. Walking in faith pleases God, establishes a testimony and even passes God’s purposes onto the next generation, even if we do not see it in our life. We have to realize that for some, walking in faith means we will not see it in our lifetime, but it will one day be seen. If we do not see it, then we can trust it will come to pass in the lives of our children or children’s children. Walking in obedience is worth it to establish the promises for our children and grandchildren. We cannot please God without it.