Scripture: Hebrews 11-13. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Jewish people had listened to the Gospel, but many of them rejected it; those who did accept it would often fall back into old behaviors and routines. Hebrews is a document written to the Jews who were struggling with the new faith. As we continue reading the Book of Hebrews, we learn about the importance of our faith, how God disciplines His children, a warning against refusing God, and some concluding advice/recommendations in the Book of Hebrews! Follow along as we read the last few chapters of Hebrews, 11-13!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is our confidence based on our past experiences that God’s promises and surprises will be ours. God is our hope in this fallen world, and we must draw close to Him always. That means trusting and obeying God no matter what the circumstances or consequences are. God’s Word has amazing power, and we must be ready to listen and respond to Him. Life is mysterious and uncertain at times; however, God wants our complete trust and faith in Him. Material things/possessions in this life should not matter to us; our best and greatest rewards will be waiting for us in eternity with our Heavenly Father. There are so many things to look forward to; the best is yet to come! 🙂 God wants us to be patient, always striving to persevere, and He will be right alongside us to help us on our journeys. God corrects us because He wants us to see what He is teaching us. His discipline is a sign of His great love for us. We must accept His discipline gratefully, for He loves us beyond our comprehension and wants what is best for each of us. We must be sure to thank God for all that He is and all that He does for each of us on a daily basis!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Hebrews, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.