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Advent Attitudes Daily Devotional - December 3, 2019

Hebrews 11:32-40 The Message (MSG)

32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.

39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

The life of faith is not an easy life. There is no promise of protection from challenges and struggles, and, in fact, there is the guarantee that doing the right thing will bring resistance and obstacles. The writer of Hebrews in this section has listed many people who have lived the difficult life of faith. They have endured many things for the sake of faith and trust that God both makes and keeps promises to those who will receive him.

Our Advent Attitude this week is readiness. So, here’s a simple and profound question: Are we ready to walk the journey of faith? Knowing that the journey will not be easy, that it will mean difficulties as listed, yet that it will bring us into the completed whole, a family of faith, connecting us to God and to one another. Deciding to take the next step forward in this journey of faith without knowing where it will lead us is the decision of faith.

Paul B. Thompson