Bygones be Bygones?
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” Hebrews 10:35
It seems to me that it’s easier to preach what I believe when faced with adversity. It’s when someone draws a drastic contrast to what I believe that propels me in a defensive mode to stand for what I believe to be truth. I like that, I think the writer of Hebrews is telling his audience when the things of the Lord are being compromised we are to remain confident in what we believe in, take a stand for Truth.
The book of Hebrews is a letter to Hebrews who at one point made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ but have caved in to the peer pressure of not forsaking their traditions. It’s as if a default to a past way of life or what is being portrayed as freedom is the better way of thinking.
In verse 36 of chapter 10 we’re told “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise”. Endurance is another word for steadfast or patient, having faith that what is true is worth the wait. In a society where we get what we want even if we can’t afford it is an erosion of values that has creeped into our lives that serves to undermine the principle of earning a reward. We know that salvation is free but to experience the promises of God that comes to us through the Holy Spirit it take faith ahead of the promise. It’s not until I step out and as my buddy Keith says “get comfortable being uncomfortable” that I enter in to the benefits of what only God can give.
Do you want peace? Trust in God. Do you desire acceptance? Believe in His promises. Is it deliverance you are looking for? Step out of the mire and stand on the Rock. It doesn’t just happen, it comes with a confident faith that our God is sufficient to meet our needs. The writer goes on to say“For yet a little while and He who is coming will come and will not tarry, now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him”. Wow, strong words, but words that should propel us to walk in such a way that when adversity hits, we stand for our God and His ways with confidence knowing that He who promises is faithful. So let bygones be bygones, move forward and blaze a trail of glory. Besides, I read the end of the book, WE WIN!!! — Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.” Charles Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10