Hebrews 10:35-39 NIV
“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. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
There are times we are cast down and start to loose our way as we walk along the road of life. Even as a Christian we can become sad and the disappointments of life take centre place on our thoughts. Events happen and coping with the thoughts and feelings they generate is difficult.
In the middle of the fight against these waves of sorrow, doubts and fears raise their unwanted voices. Perhaps Jesus didn’t die for me after all. Perhaps His love does not extend to me.
At this point, this scripture tells us to throw those ideas out and hold fast to the confidence in the Word of God that we have believed and obeyed all our Christian life. If we hold fast in our faith to the promises of God, written for us in the Bible we will be rewarded with strength in the Spirit and strong faith.
The words are strong and require strength of resolve from us. They are not soft and comforting in a compliant way. We are to persevere, keep going, even when everything seems against us. The comfort is that one great day, our Saviour and Lord will come and we will receive the promises He has made to us. Some promises we have right now, and some will be fully revealed in that last and glorious day.
In the mean time we please our God by operating in faith. This faith that is the primary feature of our lives, is what pleases the Lord. This faith can be seen by those who know us, and we will not be deflected from it. Indeed, God says if we do shrink back to dependence on other things, He is not pleased with us. God is number one. We go forward in our Christian lives in His faith and we never renege on our devotion to Him. Only faith saves and only faith will see us through to the end. A false faith ultimately fails, and we should fear that and ensure our devotion does not fail by attention to our spiritual evidences of our love for our God. The one who does not love, does not love to draw near to the Lord, and so will fall away.
The overcoming life is the life that saves, and the faith that drives it is pleasing to the Lord. Our deeds matter because without the evidence in our lives that God is at the centre of our being, our faith is vain. Christ Himself is our centre and sun and He will give us the faith and confidence to carry on.
Watch out for His coming again. Love that day. Press on towards that high calling in Christ and let no one turn you back. Draw near, let the love grow and the power of the Spirit of God will be in your life as you pray, read, study and meditate on the very Words of God. The reward is a holy confidence in God and a faith that is certain.