Tue, May 16 2017 12:15
"Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." Hebrews 10:35-36
We have all spent time hoping or dreaming of some great thing happening to us; especially when we feel we have suffered or been deprived in some way. That great thing will, in our mind, make up for all we have had to suffer. When we become famous, when we become wealthy, when we become powerful, when we become popular, everything will finally be right and just, all the suffering and deprivation will finally make sense.
So we daydream about those things happening. The problem is that for the vast majority of us that moment never arrives. So we have no good emotional response to our losses, our sacrifices, our struggles, our serious problems. No great event is going to occur in our earthly life that will make up for all that we went through. And so we are left with nothing but disappointment and regret. But the Christian should be different. We know, unlike so many of our unbelieving friends, that such a moment will occur.
We have been promised it. In fact, God continually tells us to use that information to help us get through the hard times of life. A great thing, a thing so great that no experience on earth could ever compare with it is going to happen to every Christian. Every Christian has a great, a cataclysmic, an earth shattering moment waiting for them when their Lord and Savior will usher in a new heavens and a new earth, and they will be raised into life eternal in a new and glorified body to live forever with Him.
Hebrews takes us back to the words of the prophet Habakkuk (Hab. 2:3-4) who had been complaining to God about the oppression all around him and wondered out loud how the Lord was going to deal with it. When would God’s righteous will be done on earth? The answer was that judgment will come, and so will the promised reward.
For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:37-38).
Let go of the daydreams, but don't throw away your confidence...the reward is just too great at the end!