Even the great heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 did not always get to see the fruits of their faithfulness. Consider this scripture and question today:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40

Have you ever felt impatient or dissatisfied when God’s ripples (His purposes, spiritual fruit, good gifts) weren’t tangible or visible enough to you?

What inspired the patient endurance of those faithful “ancients?”

What nurtures your own faith and endurance when the fruit of your faithfulness is not very visible?

These “Finding Glory Wednesdays” posts are an online discussion series based on the books Finding Glory in the Thorns and the companion Finding Glory in the Thorns: Group Discussion Guide by Larry and Lisa Jamieson. For more information about Finding Glory Groups, visit http://www.findingglory.com/findingglorygrou.html.