9Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. 10For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. 11And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. – Hebrews 6:9-15
Don’t know why I ran across these particular verses today, but they stood out to me when I saw them. There are two things that hit me in these verses. One regards the surety of God’s promises. The writer expresses his confidence in the promises of God. The blessings that God has promised and the salvation that He offers in Christ are real and sure. God will do this.
Yet the writer acknowledges that patience is needed to see the outcome and realize the surety of the promise. This theme is not lost on us. Patience isn’t easy and waiting around for what we thought we should have had yesterday is not our strong suit. The Gospel promises that the Kingdom of God is “at hand,” and we would kind of like to get all the benefits here and now if we can. What the writer of Hebrews tells us and others in the NT say as well, is that we indeed get to experience a taste of the Kingdom as we live according to the commands of the King here and now, but the ultimate Kingdom experience (in its fullest sense) is yet to come. God is faithful to His promises. He has proven that time and again. Let that knowledge give you strength to hang in there when it seems too hard to wait for it one more moment.