One reads the news, or listens to it, and discovers suddenly that here is a person mentioned that I never knew before. At the conclusion, I either feel as though I would appreciate knowing more about the individual, or I find a certain disdain toward them. However, I am supposed to conclude that the individual is sufficiently important to warrant the article, or I should have known their importance previously.
Some years ago, an individual wrote a letter to me and shared: “What I have learned recently about a guy named, Job!” I have to admit that I was completely surprised that he had just learned about “this guy named Job”. However, as I endeavored to communicate about “Job”, the subject was dropped. Probably because I saw Job in a different light or level than he had discovered. Who knows? Many are they who know about the “patience of Job”, but do not know where it originated.
Looking through Hebrews 11, I was again reminded of: Abel, Cain, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sara, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, and Samuel – The prophets. I was also reminded of some of the things they accomplished or endured. By faith they: conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, and were strengthened from weakness. They became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight, and women received back their dead by resurrection. They were tortured, not accepting their release, mocked and scoured, chained, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, tempted, put to death with the sword, dressed in goatskins and sheepskins. They were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated, and wandered in deserts, mountains, caves and holes in the ground; and notice they “did not receive what was promised” BUT “THEY ALL DIED IN FAITH”!
To put it and them in perspective before God, “so that they might obtain a better resurrection”! Please note the 38th verse in particular, “men of whom the world was not worthy.” Many of us would not fit into the category of these men who were “sold out” to the Lord, especially as it relates to how the world has seen them, and how the Lord has seen them. God sees men and women in a whole different perspective, and we who love the Lord should be focused on hearing: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” from HIM as over and against any praise from men.