Behold Your God — Week Eleven, Day Four

10 Aug

Day four is convicting if you have ears to hear. The author gives us all sorts of scenarios where pragmatism plays out and they are all close enough to reality to cause us to check our hearts.

But I was drawn to the last paragraph of the study, which talked about Hebrews chapter 11. Several years ago I heard Matt Chandler preaching about this chapter, known widely as the Faith Chapter, and he said of the people of God, “some people shut the mouths of lions and some people get eaten by them!” This is in fact what Hebrews 11 implies . . .

32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

Notice here the people of faith have very different outcomes in their lives, even as they all follow the Lord in faith. We cannot tell what the results of our lives will be in this world if we follow God. This is the reason pragmatism is so wrong. It demands a certain outcome to be the only acceptable one and then designs outcomes to get there.

Instead of putting a certain goal out there, let’s just bank on God to do what He wants with us, knowing that His plans for us in the end are better than our plans for ourselves.

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