Faithful. That’s a word that I have been pursuing recently, and this whole adoption thing has been a big part of it. We all want to be considered faithful. We like the phrase “well done good and faithful servant.” This process has really caused me to have to remember and work toward being faithful, and it has been a good thing. It has placed that goal squarely in front of me, teaching it to me in real life, not just in theory or some candy-coated churchy kind of way.
Hebrews 11:13 and 39 both talk about those who died in their faith. Verse 1 says that faith is the reality of what is hoped for and not seen. But these people never saw it. They never reached that reality. They died in hope of it. They died in faith, never seeing the promise they awaited.
I think of faith as sort of a temporary thing, like faith is for a season, then we see the promise or get to the desired result. We see the unveiling, I guess. But these people in Hebrews never got to that day. They never saw it. Yet they were considered righteous because of their faith. They considered the One who promised faithful, even though they never saw it.
So what if I never see it. I have been pursuing faithfulness, asking for it, praying for it. What if I die in faith. That sounds morbid, and I don’t anticipate that in this adoption process, but what if it did happen? Or what if it happens in some other situation in my life? Am I the kind of faithful, am I pursuing the kind of faithful, that is not based on results or the end, but is based on the One who promised because I know he is faithful, even if I never see it. Even if I die in my faithful waiting.
The One who promised is faithful, and he will do it. He has already done it all, already proved himself by his kindness to us in sending Jesus. He is trustworthy with everything else. And when he does it, when we see the promise, he will get the credit. We will lift up and display the riches of his grace to us in Jesus.