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BILDERBACK: Lord plans for your prosperity

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 8/16/2013

In the letter to the Hebrews, chapter 11, the writer chronicles the faithful lives of several Old Testament saints. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and others are commended for the faithful lives they lived.

In 11:1-2, we read, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”  

In the letter to the Hebrews, chapter 11, the writer chronicles the faithful lives of several Old Testament saints. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and others are commended for the faithful lives they lived.

In 11:1-2, we read, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”  

We also read that, “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things that they were promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance” (Hebrews 11:3).

Each of these people was tasked by God to fulfill an assignment. Each died without seeing the fruits of his efforts. Abraham, for instance, never owned any land except the cave of Machpelah where he buried his wife Sarah. Moses never set foot in the promised land; he only saw it from afar.

So what drove these people? What enabled them to remain faithful to the end without reward?

In Hebrews, we read, “And they admitted they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.”

Each of these people left everything behind when they came into God’s employment. They became aliens and strangers on earth. There is a big difference in being a stranger in a land limited by your own power and being a stranger in a land with the power of God within your grasp and all you have to do to utilize it is follow the leading God shows you.

Abraham left his country because God told him to “Go to the land I will show you.” Abraham was living in Ur of the Chaldean’s and was very prosperous at the time.

God told Moses, “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Moses was on the far side of the desert at the time. God does not call someone to allow them to fail.

In Jeremiah 29:11, we read, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

When one understands what God’s plan is, and accepts it by faith, one begins to look for a better country: a heavenly one.

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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