by Pastor Mark Jordan
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” (Hebrews 10:35, NIV)
Yesterday in worship at church at the well, we began a new message series looking at truths that appear in movies that speak to lessons we need to learn in our journeys with Jesus. The first lesson we explored was confidence, and I wanted to take a little time to cover it in this space.
Today’s verse is one that speaks to me, but it deserves some context. The writer of Hebrews encouraged the Christians not to lose their confidence; but not just lose it, not to throw it away. Why would that be relevant? When this was written, the early Christians faced adversity, and through their faith in God, overcame it. That wasn’t the end of the adversity, though. When it returned, they wondered what happened. They wondered if they did something wrong. They wondered if they missed the point. They even wondered if this Jesus thing wasn’t the real thing. They were ready to throw away their confidence.
A quick word about confidence is in order. The original Greek is translated as a boldness and courage. The New International Version of the Bible has 60 references to confidence, and they all point to boldness and courage because of God. For the Christian, this is especially true, because of the Holy Spirit, and God living in you.
What do you place your confidence in? Do you find your boldness and courage in the things you can achieve or acquire? If so, those things can let you down. They might help get you through a tough time, but what happens when the tough times return? You can’t place your confidence in things, or even in you. You must place your confidence in God in you.
If you find yourself facing adversity today that you thought you overcame before, remember these three things: (1) the source of your hope; (2) perseverance in the Lord; and (3) the fact you know how the ending of the story. When you do this, you’ll find your confidence richly rewarded, because of the eternal riches in you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your promise to not only be with me, but to live within me. Forgive me the times I encounter adversity and get discouraged, thinking I had already passed the test. Help me to remember that you are my hope, and you help me with my perseverance, because you are victorious in the end. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.