Why a Generation Saw God's Wonders but Not His Promise

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God's people saw His wonders but didn't go into the Promised Land. (Charisma archives)

So this study in Hebrews has reminded me of some things to be thankful for. I'll share a few that have comforted and convicted me.

"His works have been finished since the creation of the world" (Heb. 4:3).  (Nothing left to do!)

"Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need"  (Heb. 4:14-16, emphasis added).

"Therefore He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, because He at all times lives to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7:25, emphasis added).

"For Christ did not enter holy places made with hands, which are patterned after the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us" (Heb. 9:24, emphasis added).

"So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to save those who eagerly wait for Him" (Heb. 9:28, emphasis added).

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse them from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us firmly hold the profession of our faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Heb. 10:22-23, emphasis added).

"Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded. For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. ... But we are not of those who draw back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul" (Heb. 10:35-36, 39).

I know that's a lot of verses, but I couldn't figure out which one I'd want to leave out! I love them all. Studying Scripture is so encouraging ... so edifying. God does still speak so strongly through His Word. I'm so thankful for His Word! There!! That's the first thing I'll add to my new thankful list I'm gonna restart tonight.

What a perfect time to get back to thanking God for things!

I don't know that it'll fix my life, but an attitude, outlook, and perspective fix will definitely be a good thing ... actually, it'll be a great thing!

Sue Birdseye is an author and single mom of five kids who range from 4-years-old to 17-years-old. Her book, When Happily Ever After Shatters (Tyndale House) is in bookstores. This is adapted from her blog, uptomytoes.com.

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