Anything we add a “but…” to constitutes doubt. If we hope for “this” yet we are not confident because of “that,” we have opened the door to doubt. Yet the scriptures tell us if we are hoping for that which God has promised, there is no room for misgivings. On the other hand, if we are hoping for fleshly desires, the American dream, or the things this world says are important, that’s another story.
According to Hebrews 6, God’s promises are sure. Verse 17 says, “…when God wanted to prove for certain that His promise to His people could not be broken, He made a vow.” Both promises and vows are binding declarations. They will come to pass without fail, in our lifetime, or in the life to come. Our God is most definitely a vow-and-promise-keeping God.
After Abraham had been *very* patient, God blessed him with exactly what He had promised: many descendants. We too may have to be very patient, persistent in our believing, that God will not break His vows or promises to us.
To have hope is to have faith in that which is not yet realized or seemingly probable. According to the Hebrew writer in chapter 11, “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.“ In this Hall of Fame passage we are reminded of those who have gone before us with a faith that pleased God:
Abel offered God his best sacrifice.
Enoch was taken up to heaven.
Noah’s family was spared.
Abraham became a father of nations.
Sarah had a baby in her golden years.
…to name a few. The common denominator in each of these stories is that they had a faith, a hope, that pleased God. Oh, that we would have that kind of unwavering hope and sure-hearted belief when we pray the promises of God!
RECLAIM YOUR HEART:
Father God, am I praying your promises and seeking that which You want to bless me with, or pursuing those things that would please my flesh? Align my heart with Yours and make Your desires, my desires. I want my faith to please You, in Jesus name I pray, amen.