“And so, after he had patiently endured , he obtained the promise.”–Heb. 6:15
Stuart Hamblen wrote, “It is no secret what God can do. What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you”. Well, it might not be a secret, but many haven’t got the message. They live in fear and doubt simply because they are unmindful of what God has done and promised. That’s why Bible study is so important. It serves to enlighten us as to what God has done for others and encourages us with promises that He will do the same for us. Perhaps the best example of this is found in Hebrews 11 where we are given one example after another of what God can do for those who trust Him. Of all those mentioned, Abraham, of whom our text speaks, is perhaps the most well known. Of this great man, an unknown author wrote:
“Abraham was long tried, but he was richly rewarded. The Lord tried him by delaying to fulfill His promise. Satan tried him by temptation; men tried him by jealousy, distrust, and opposition; Sarah tried him by her peevishness. But he patiently endured. He did not question God’s veracity, nor limit His power, nor doubt His faithfulness, nor grieve His love; but he bowed to Divine Sovereignty, submitted to Infinite Wisdom, and was silent under delays, waiting the Lord’s time. And so, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
God’s promises cannot fail of their accomplishment. Patient waiters cannot be disappointed. Believing expectation shall be realized. Beloved, Abraham’s conduct condemns a hasty spirit, reproves a murmuring one, commends a patient one, and encourages quiet submission to God’s will and way.
Remember, Abraham was tried; he patiently waited; he received the promise, and was satisfied. Imitate his example, and you will share the same blessing.”