Today’s readings are from Hebrews 10:26-39 and 1 Kings 1
When I first started to read the passage from Hebrew, I gulped. Particularly verse 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Gulp again!
We don’t often talk about God’s judgment. I was reminded of those of my extended family, the people around me, friends, neighbours, those who have heard about Jesus’ saving grace, but continue to walk away from God. Is that their fate? Yes, says the author of Hebrews. Verse 30 For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. I am reminded to pray harder for the lost around me.
Reading on we are reminded of the trials which God’s people had endured in the past. The people were encouraged to endure in the face of terrible trials such as insult and persecution, imprisonment and confiscation of property. They even joyfully accepted the confiscation of their own property because they knew that they had better and lasting possessions.
It is also encouraging to read how the people supported one another: at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison. I see that happening at FAC on a regular basis.
If you are suffering in any way today, I urge you to not throw away your confidence, but remember verse 36 persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Pray for guidance, for help, for God’s peace and strength to move forward. Stay strong in the Lord and focused on him. Verse 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me, for all of us at FAC and the people around us. I pray Lord for the lost people. I ask that you make known personally to each of us those who need to come to know you. Show us how you want us to reach them with your life-saving word. Help us to stay strong and focused on you. Help us endure life with confidence, knowing you are in control and will always be with us. Amen.