Today’s Reading - Hebrews 11:21-40
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. - Hebrews 11:39-40
Earthly expectations don’t always equal heavenly reality and when our expectations aren’t fulfilled we experience disappointment. This is a long list of stellar performers who did not get what they thought they would get in this life, but got perfection in the end. A long list of saints that by our standards left their earthly existence disappointed. But because of who God is we don’t always know the best plan, but we do know who knows best. God had something better planned for each of these commended for their faith just like he has something better planned for each of us. We don’t back off what we discern as the direction he is leading us nor do we back off living in the promises of scripture, but we do come to a mature understanding that we don’t know all things. All of them were commended for their faith, Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Samson and others, but none of them got to experience the fulfillment of their expectations. Yet they remained faithful until the very end and received something better. There is always greater good that we are unaware of and I am sure that was true for these stalwarts of the faith. If I am offered and given a choice between good, better, and best, I am always choosing best. Being patient in the Lord, not going ahead of his plans, moves us in the direction of God’s best. He has a plan and one day we will understand and experience the fullness of His plan, not ours, while we join the company of saints in God’s best, eternal life spent in the heavenly realm.
Heavenly Father, may we be patient in you and live faithfully until your plan is fully manifested in our life. May we look forward to the day we are made perfect in you. May your faithfulness in our lives right now bring great hope as well as the hope of spending eternity with you. Let us live in the dynamic of both. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.