As the alarm goes off, I drag myself to the place where I normally spend time alone with the Lord. There I look out my window at a sea of white fog.
One would never know there is a wonderful view out that window. It’s as if the world outside doesn’t even exist.
Fog describes how I see everything right now. Nothing is clear. It seems like every time a plan is made, I end up crossing it off my calendar.
“How do I follow You, Lord, when I can’t see my way ahead? How do I say yes in the midst of uncertainty?”
I turn to the book of Hebrews, a book written by an unknown author to a people who were suffering, a people who had a very unclear future.
Hebrews 10:32-34 gives a description of people who had endured much suffering and were about to undergo more. As I compare myself to these believers, I have a reality check.
Although there is fog outside my window as well as in my life, I have not suffered as these early believers did. I have not shed my blood for my faith, nor has my property been confiscated.
My Father does care about what I’m going through, but He wants me to have proper perspective.
Next, the Lord clearly says, “Don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (v. 35 HCSB). The Greek word for confidence does not mean to try harder or be more determined. It means “boldness in speaking.”
The writer of Hebrews was challenging these persecuted believers to boldly speak truth in love no matter how confusing times were, no matter how difficult circumstances were, no matter what it cost them.
During the fog is not the time to quit boldly sharing the love of Christ. Now is the time to endure.
Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised.” Endurance means continuing to abide in Christ even under the worst circumstances.
Whatever the Lord has put before me daily to accomplish, I am to do it with Christ’s joy in my heart. Some days that may mean cleaning the toilet or changing a dirty diaper. Other days it may mean smiling with my eyes while wearing a mask.
Hebrews 10:35 and 36 both carry with them a reward and promise. The reward and promise of speaking bolding and enduring during difficult times is not that circumstances will change. The reward and promise is Jesus Himself—knowing Him more fully.
Recently, a pastor’s wife called me with these words: “We’re resigning. We just can’t do it anymore.” After listening to her and crying with her over the difficult circumstances inside the church, I asked her what she and her husband would do when they left the pastorate.
Her words were revealing. “I guess we will just get a job.”
I read Hebrews 10:35-39 to her and then challenged her to not quit. The Enemy’s tactic from the beginning of time is to destroy the advancement of God’s kingdom. Now is the time for us to boldly speak truth in love and to endure.
What causes fog to disappear? The glorious sun! The light of the Son causes what seems to be confusion to be made clear.
Hebrews 10:37-39 says, “For yet in a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith…. But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.”
Jesus Christ is coming back! We must choose to say YES to the call of God on our lives to speak of Him confidently and endure until He returns or calls us home.
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