[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city. -Hebrews 11:13-16
Where does faith direct your sight? Faith is a simply amazing spiritual reality that is absolutely necessary for perfect vision, while not relying solely on physical 20-20 measurements. This “faith dimension is the great truth emphasized in Hebrews 11 and is the vital element re-directing your sight to the only basket which can truly secure your treasures.
Natural instinct tends to pick the closest, most obvious basket, that is, something made in your world. Heaven is largely an unknown, unseen existence which, while still unexperienced by you, is questionable to eyes which attempt to see it apart from spectacles of faith.
Our forebears in the faith all died without experiencing the fulfillment of the central promises of faith. This should have resulted in a rejection of faith’s use by those who followed, even you, seeing it failed to deliver that for which you yearn.
Hebrews 11 says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. What you can see with your eyes and touch physically with your hands is, obviously, the most concrete to you. It is this earthly basket to which you possibly gravitate to deposit what you most treasure; in a bank, in stuff, whatever it may be.
What you cannot see or touch today is more nebulous by nature with materialist thinking. However, by the sheer promise of God, the eyes of faith will always pick the spiritual, the truly secure basket. Faith is the required bridge to a confident assurance of making the right choice.
The physical laboratories of this world cannot prove whether you are choosing the correct basket for your “eggs or even rightly choosing which eggs are truly treasure. Faith is the spiritual sieve able to cull out and preserve what is definitely valuable in your life. Faith must be exercised personally by you in selecting your basket, unconstrained by the tentacles of the world whose certain end is pre-determined.
What then is faith which settles on this spiritual basket? Again, Hebrews 11 defines faith as believing God is and that He rewards those who seek Him. The Psalmist declares, “The fool says in his heart that there is no God.
Faith believes that God is THE God who is revealed in His written Word, exactly as that Word describes Him. It believes His Son is the visible expression of Himself. By faith you call Jesus Lord and Savior. You understand you come to the Father, God, only through Him who calls Himself the truth, the way, and the life. In faith you receive the indwelling Spirit of God as the One who encourages and comforts you, sent to you by God, the Father, and by His Son, Jesus. This is “the faith delivered to you and the saints by the prophets and apostles.
Personally exercised faith selects the basket of God’s promises, a basket as real as the sun, moon, and stars; a basket as tangible as your own body, mind, and soul, all which you know intimately; a basket in heaven, where moth and rust will never corrupt.
The conviction of God and your trust in Him is always through faith; but one day, at your death, you will know and see “face-to-face that faith becomes sight. Put all your eggs in that basket!
“My faith has found a resting place; from guilt my soul is freed. I trust the ever living One; His wounds for me shall plead. I need no other argument, I need no other plea. It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me.
(First verse of Lidie Edmunds’ hymn, “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place, 1891)
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