An Incomplete Story – ML DEVOTIONAL
The Bible is replete with stories of people with extraordinary faith. A level of faith that moved God to personally commend them. Yet their story is incomplete.
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.Hebrews 11:13 KJV
Imagine. All our favorite heroes and heroines of faith, yet their life story, despite being completed, it has an asterisk at the end. And when you check the footnote, it states clearly there, “incomplete”.
Beginning from Abraham who we refer to as the father of faith, for coming out of his familiar environment, journeying to the unknown. In obedience to a God that his ancestors never knew.
Sarah his wife who laughed when promised a son by an angel. Something no one else ever did in the whole Bible. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist went dumb for asking an angel a question fueled by doubt. Sarah meanwhile laughed, then went on to give birth to Isaac, Laughter, the son of promise.
We know of Jacob who was strong enough to wrestle an Angel. And he was actually winning. Yet had enough faith to pin the Angel down and say “I will not let you go, except you bless me“.
We have Joseph who believed in the God who gave him the dream. He will go on to save the greatest civilization of the ancient world from destruction by famine.
Moses, a stuttering introvert, who spoke truth to power, gained freedom for his people and had the faith to stretch forth his hand when they were stuck between certain death and the red sea. Literally.
We know of the faith that pulled down the fortressed Jericho wall, gave us the incident of Ebenezer, and made David Israel’s champion.
The faith that made three young men meet the Messiah in the flames. That made Daniel comfortably spend the night with lions. And emboldened Nehemiah to ask a king for permission to go back and rebuild his home nation.
There are lots of other people whose remarkable faith we are leaving out here. One thing they all shared in common though, their story as good as it was, was incomplete.
What was missing? Jesus Christ. Even Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who “chilled” with the Son of God in Nebuchadnezzar’s flames did not get to know the crucified and glorified Christ.
The Christ that Simeon meets in the temple and accepted that now he could die in peace. (Luke 2:25-35)
Same Jesus Christ who was a fulfillment of God’s first promise to mankind. The answer to Humanity’s desire to freedom from sin, sickness, and Satan.
They all knew that their life story was incomplete. We see this in many Messianic prophecies. But no one captures this as succinctly as David did with his Messianic Psalms. Especially Psalm 2.
One of the beauties of the Glorified Christ is that He is not exclusively for the direct descendants of Abraham. He is available to people from every nation.
He is the Savior of all. He is interested in you. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to make your life complete.
Turning to Jesus is easily the most important decision you will make in your lifetime. He completes the incomplete.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:Hebrews 11:39-40 KJV
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.