Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 10:32-36.
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 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.
Paul writes in this passage of perseverance, being able to hold fast in the midst of trouble by our faith. We are reminded that Christ suffered the same and worse, and we are called to endure with Him. God’s promise is not that it will be easy, but that He will be with us through whatever we face.
Trusting in His promise gives us the hope to continue the work. Paul tells us “do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (v. 35), reminding us that there is a goal, eternal life with Christ. By hearing and obeying God’s word we are guided and strengthened.
What are you enduring right now? God is there for you. In Romans 8:18 Paul tells us to “consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” God has plans for every one of us, we must persevere in His strength.
Loving Lord, we are grateful to be able to call on You when we face opposition. Help us to be thankful at all times, good and bad. Bless us to share Your love with all the world. Amen.