Pastor Lloyd Gill (Grace Community Church)
They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. (Heb 11:13)
This statement refers to a list of people who had lived for God and held onto His faithfulness. Some saw amazing things, most went through great difficulties, but each one held onto the faithfulness of God. They were all ultimately looking toward the coming of Christ, and were ‘commended for their faith’
They were focused on the future, they longed for something better. God’s glory was paramount, and being part of what God was doing was of greater value than everything else. They ‘regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than treasures.’ (Heb 11:26)
We all face adversity, some worse than others, but one thing that many have found, when we find greater joy in Christ then what momentary life has to offer we find the greatest joy, comfort and peace. When I allow self-pity to overwhelm me, or live for my own pleasure I only find sorrow and heartache.
Look to God, trust Him, only in Christ will you find true peace and joy, and every other treasure will seem dull.