God Has Something Better In Mind For Us

36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.
37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.
38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.
Hebrews 11:36-40 (NLT)

Welcome to the 25th and the final installment on my study of faith from Hebrews 11. At last I have reach the end of this chapter. Verse 36 and 37 are the favorites among the religious people. Based on what I understand about them, they only have one way of interpreting the Bible, which is quoting out of context.

When you tell them about a good and loving God who wants to heal, prosper and give you success, they will quote some verses out of context to proof you wrong. Hebrews 11:35-37 is among their favorites. They like to quote the verses without looking at the their true context. This is something you will never see in this blog.

Hebrews 11:36-37 contains examples of suffering the early Christians went through. I am not going through every type of torture because I want to show you the real message from God here. If you go through Hebrews 11 from New Living Translation, you can see that God began Verse 4 to Verse 31 with “It was by faith”. This means God honored those people for having faith and used them for their achievements. God wants us to model after them. They are our role models.

However, Hebrews 11:36-37 does not begin with “It was by faith”. Why? It is not meant to be our examples. It is not God’s will for us to be jeered at and our backs to be cut open with whips. Religious people may want to do that to us but not God. Hebrews 11:36-37 does not say that the early Christians used their faith to receive sufferings. They were not as sick as the religious people portrayed them to be. Neither is God a sadistic person that he loves to see us suffer. The image of a sadistic God comes from religion, not the Bible.

Why did God put in Hebrews 11:36-37? God did that to prove a point, which is at the subsequent verses.

Hebrews 11:38 says they were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. So, if you are a believer and you are going through some rough patches and face persecutions right now, it does not mean that God has abandoned you. It means you are on the right path. You have become dangerous to the Kingdom Of Darkness. The worst thing you can do now is to give up your faith. Keep believing and trusting God. You will be delivered.

You may be wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground right now but this situation is only for a season. This season is going to pass very soon if you refuse to give up your faith. You will be delivered and you will receive your reward from God. Keep rejoicing and praising God.

Let us go to the next verse.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
Hebrews 11:39 (NLT)

The first part is a repetition of Hebrews 11:2. The second part tells us that none of them received all that God had promised. Why not? The reason is because they could not have contained all of God’s blessings on earth. How matter how much you are blessed right now, there is more to come. It is the nature of God to bless us with more than we can take. In other words, God likes to “over-bless”.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Malachi 3:10-12 (NLT)

No matter how much prosperity we will receive on earth, there is more for us in heaven. In the mind of God, our destiny is to have the best in this life and next.

40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.
Hebrews 11:40 (NLT)

The first part is quite clear but the second part is not. However, we can look up to Romans 8:18-25 to explain Hebrews 11:40.

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope,
21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.
22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.
25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
Romans 8:18-25 (NLT)

You may be suffering or facing some trials right now. No matter how tough the situation appears to be, it is nothing compared to your rewards in the future. The world we live in is deteriorating every day. People around the world are suffering. The solution to this problem is in us. The only way the entire creation to be fully redeemed is for us, the children of God to have our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Please note that the term “adopted children” does not mean the conventional “adoption” that we know of. It is part of the Jewish tradition that the father “adopts” his son when the latter reaches a certain age that transforms him from a boy to a man. So, our species does not change.

The sufferings we see around us are like the pains of childbirth. It will not last. Even the sufferings of Job (another favorite of the religious people) did not last a lifetime. The duration of Job’s sufferings was estimated between 9 months to 1 year. In the end he got back double of what he lost.

Therefore, no matter how much you are suffering or how impossible your situation is, you must determine in your heart that you will never give up hope. You must determine to keep your faith. As long as you don’t give up, you are going to win. You will overcome and triumph over the trials you are facing right now. God is on your side working behind the scenes for your victory. He wants you to trust him because your faith is crucial for your victory. Are you willing to co-operate with him?

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2 Responses to “God Has Something Better In Mind For Us”

  1. raymond brissette Says:

    My answer to Heb.11:39 is found in 1john 2:25—–“And this is the promise that He has promised us—–eternal life”.
    They lived and died before Jesus’ sacrifice. They as we thanks to our Saviour receive our resurrection bodies at the coming our our Lord to take us up to be with Him forever. That is the something better that God has made possible for us all . “that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Do I make sense? Thank you ,Sincerely.Ray. Brissette

  2. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    Thank you for agreeing with me.


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