When we’ve been betrayed by someone we love and trust…it takes a long time to let down our guard and trust again. We want to trust, but we draw back in apprehension that we’ll just get hurt again. It’s kind of like two porcupines dancing…desiring the companionship but afraid of the quills! But when we put our faith in Jesus…when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. And in that coming near God, by prayer and cherished fellowship with Him, we are assured that God will never leave us or forsake us…for we learn He loves us with a never-ending love.
Living for Christ is hard…there’s no way around it. The moment you say “Yes” to Jesus, the world labels you as “One of those crazy religious people”. But it’s by those troubles we encounter that we learn perseverance and are forged into a willing vessel for God . And with each difficulty, we go from wounded to winner. As Oswald Chambers once said, “Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His Highest – our best for His glory?” Yes, the way is narrow and filled with difficulties, but just look where it leads.
Jesus wasn’t chastising the Disciples, He was simply speaking the truth, and fulfilling the prophecy spoken of from Zechariah. Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd…the one Who cares for, watches over, and provides for the welfare of His flock…Christian Believers everywhere.
The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage. He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change. He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of fear. If you’re in the middle of a storm today, don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.
When you and another Believer meet, you have much more in common than you think, even if it’s a chance meeting in the grocery store. You share the mutual faith in Jesus Christ and are both part of the community of Believers. So your interaction now becomes inspired, giving hope and confidence to one another, and boosting each others faith.
As fellow Believers, we need to be recounting God’s creative activity in our lives to each other. Nothing encourages me more than hearing from a dear friend…and it’s even more special when they’re telling me about something great the Lord is doing in their life. Why do we keep such wonderful news to ourselves rather than sharing God’s goodness with others? Brighten someone’s life today and share what God’s doing for you.
It was the right time that Rulers would go out to war…but King David stayed at home. Instead of being with all his fellow soldiers and comrades, he remained in Jerusalem. Satan has a way of picking us off when we are weak, tired and isolated. He knows that as long as we are with fellow Believers, doing what we should be doing, it’s hard to entice us into sin…but get us alone and feeling exhausted and weak, and we’re easy targets. The great King David was no exception…by staying in Jerusalem rather than going out with all his troops, he fell into sin with Bathsheba.