Let us be like Noah, who did not wait to see what might happen but acted in faith upon what God instructed him to do (Hebrews 11:7).
Let us be like Abel, whose offering pleased God and whose faith still speaks through his life, long after his death (Hebrews 11:4).
Hebrews 13:5-6 reminds us to not fear the things of this world; instead, we should focus our hearts & minds on the Lord’s provision for us.
Has it been a hectic week? Meditate on Hebrews 13:14 & Philippians 3:20 and let your heart refocus on our eternal hope through Christ.
Ecclesiastes 3 is the home of the “time for everything” verses, but if you read a little further, verse 11 is an absolute gem: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (NIV). I love the way the New Living Translation says that God “has planted eternity in the human heart” because it makes me think of how faith grows in our lives over time.
I’ve mentioned before that Easter is my favorite holiday, and it isn’t just because of chocolate (although, I saw that York now has a Peppermint Pattie bunny, so I’m going to raid the discounted stash at the grocery store on Monday!). The thing I love most about Easter is the focus on hope and eternity. Hebrews 13:14 reminds us that this world is not our permanent home, and Paul tells us in Philippians 3:20 that our citizenship is in heaven. This brief snippet of time that we call life is just a training ground, a dress rehearsal, a preview of eternity with Christ. The best is yet to come!
I’m a planner; I like to know what to expect, and I’m not a big fan of surprises when it comes to things that I feel like I should have control over. That said, I got a chuckle out of the way Ecclesiastes 3:11 implied that we humans try – in vain, of course – to figure out the things of God. It’s true, isn’t it? We want answers for this, a reason for that, an explanation for something else … yet, the Bible reminds us that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9).
It’s ok to not have all the answers or everything planned out just-so. Sometimes, we just have to walk in faith and trust that God does have a plan, even if we aren’t privy to it. He has put eternity in our hearts, and I wonder if perhaps it’s to keep us focused on the end goal of our endless days together in Glory, rather than getting bogged down in the worries of this world. This Easter, let your focus be on eternity.
What a privilege it is to pray to our gracious Father! Hebrews 4:16 invites us to come to him with our needs. He cares for you.
Hebrews 5 reminds us that we need to be teaching, mentoring, & leading others. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to be a disciple-maker.