Hebrews 10: 32-39 (The Message Translation)
Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse- some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. OH, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
Don’t lose focus, folks! The book of Hebrews was written to people who were losing focus on what truly was. They had lost sight of God is God, Faith, Hope because they had started making the “religiousness” of Christianity more important than God and Jesus. God is God. Jesus took care of everything. There is no religious ritual or rule that can change those facts or make those facts better than are.
So, today as you go about your business- if discouragement blurs your vision or if someone tells you your not good enough, don’t lose heart! The New Living Translation for verse 36 says, Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. The focus is simple and if you stay focused you will truly acquire patient endurance and it will help you follow God’s will.
God is a sure thing! It’s a sure thing that Jesus covered all our wrongs! Stick with what you know! Follow God’s lead!
Dear Heavenly Father- Thank you again for your wisdom in you word! Help us today to not get frustrated with life’s pit falls but to keep our eye on the prize- You! Give us the courage and the strength to press on. Thank you! In Jesus’ name, amen