Hebrews 11:32-38 just came to mind as I was thinking of why we do not pursue a biblical model in our lives and in many things the church does, particularly in missions. As the account of each person is recorded, they begin with the words “by faith” (11:4-31). In other words, there was nothing else that motivated or supplied them with a reason to obey God and accept suffering, apart from their knowledge of Him and their faith in Him.
Why didn’t God deliver them from trials and suffering? I am finding with many I talk to that they have great difficulty applying ‘active faith’ to their situation. What I mean by that is; they have faith, but they experience great difficulty using or applying their faith when the assignment God has given them becomes painful or filled with disappointment and suffering. There is an unspoken feeling that ‘if we are doing good for God, He is going to give me a little easier life’. That thinking does not line up with the Word of God.
Let me go back to my question; “Why didn’t God deliver them from trials and suffering?” Why does not God deliver us when we seek to obey Him and the path He chooses for us becomes rough or even painful. Look at the answer in verse 40; “since God had provided something better for us” and them. Here faith is required again. We must believe without seeing the final outcome that God has already planned and prepared something far better; something that will make us understand the “Why” we were not rescued from our situation. What God has prepared is glorious, and in it, He receives greater glory.
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