Are You Looking for the Promise?

There is a verse found in Hebrews 11:13 which states, "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." This verse talks about what was motivating the people listed in Hebrews chapter 11, such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and others.

Somewhere, somehow, these men and women of faith had received a glimpse of the promises of God, either through the Lord directly speaking it to them or by a divine impartation which occurred when they were in the presence of God -- much like Isaiah's vision when he saw the Lord high and lifted up.

Even though their revelation of the Lord was limited and they were seeing things from a distance, they were persuaded by what they saw. They were so persuaded that they embraced the hope and truth revelaed by God's Word and His character. They were so persuaded that it caused them to confess that they didn't belong in this world and that they were looking for the world that God would make where He would be King. These believers proclaimed that they were strangers and pilgrims.

Today we have the promise of the Lord, which is the baptism of the Holy Ghost. This baptism of the Holy Ghost places God in us. We have an abiding presence. If those of old times were persuaded by what they saw afar off, how much more should we be persuaded by what we see and have right now? The Holy Ghost is the down payment that we belong to the Lord (Ephesians 1:13-14). Are you looking for the fulfillment of the promise as those of old? The Lord is coming! We must continue to rejoice in what we have and embrace what the Lord has promised us.