THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14
“And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.”
Hebrews 11:39-40 ESV
FAITH LEADS TO SOMETHING BETTER
There was an article a few years ago in which a man gave his idea of a perfect world. He said “In a perfect world, mail would always be early, and the check in the mail would always be for more than you expected it to be. In a perfect world professional basketball, baseball and football players would be complaining because schoolteachers were signing multi-million dollar contracts. I think that in a perfect world pecan pie would cure cancer, your coffee would never get cold unless you ordered it that way and golf balls would only fly in the direction of the green. In a perfect world you would feel as good at 60 as you did at 17. And you would be as smart at 60 as you thought you were at 17.”
If Hebrews 11 teaches us anything, it’s that this world is not perfect. Even in the best case scenario with the best victories of faith, God still has something better for us in a perfect eternity. Everyone in Hebrews 11 died having placed their faith in God. And even though some experienced great victories here on earth, they still did not receive what God had ultimately promised. God has not promised us earthly victories. But God has promised His children of faith a perfect heaven.
The Apostle John caught a glimpse of heaven in Revelation 21:3-5 and wrote, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”
What are some things you look forward to being better in heaven? Ask God to help you keep your eternal rewards as you try to have a proper perspective on this life for now.