by Pastor Mark Jordan
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36, NIV)
How is your self confidence? High? Low? Somewhere in between? It seems to me we generally start out fairly high in our self confidence, but then life happens. Setbacks and failures have a cumulative effect on our confidence levels, and if we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves terribly discouraged. In fact, did you know that the definition of discouragement is a loss of confidence?
Today’s verse comes in a section where the writer of Hebrews acknowledges a series of setbacks and apparent failures for those who made the decision to follow Jesus. Forces of evil in the world were doing everything possible then, just as today, to wreck the confidence of Jesus’ followers as a way to get them to abandon their faith. It then follows with a call to perseverance based on the promise of God’s eternal rewards as opposed to temporary troubles.
That is good advice. Admittedly, it can be hard to hold on to in the middle of life’s messes, but it is imperative to maintain the eternal perspective and not get lost in the temporary trouble. Easier said than done at times, I know, which is why you need to surround yourself with a spiritual friends and family who can support you in the difficulties, and encourage you to keep God’s perspective so you can hold on when everything else says let go.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for giving me your confidence, and confess there are times I allow problems in life to get me discouraged. Thank you for being with me in all things, and giving me people to do life with so I can be encouraged to keep your perspective and hold on when everything else says let go. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.