Today’s Scripture Selection: Hebrews 10:36
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
Persevere – it’s not a word we hear every day. But think about what it means (thanks to a little help from my Thesaurus):
- Keep at
- Keep it up
- Carry on
- Press on
- Stick with it
And that is a pretty good list of what it takes to remain faithful.
There is much in life that can discourage and cause us to give up on the high calling to which we are called.
There are some pretty smooth talkers out there who can do a fair job of convincing us that adherence to faith in foolish, or backward, or antiquated, or naïve.
That’s nothing new, of course.
People of faith have always had to press on and endure, despite great hardship and persecution.
But the Scriptures promise – better yet, God promises – that such effort will not go unrewarded.
Oh, it’s not about getting stars in our crown. Surely that’s not, or should not be, our motivation for carrying on.
But it is comforting to be reminded that, despite what might appear to the contrary, living a life that is faithful to high calling, high principles, and solid faith in God is a life well lived.
So – carry on – persevere – for the righteous live by faith.
And such faith is never a waste of time – much less a waste of a life.
Prayer: Almighty God, Sovereign Lord, give me the strength to faithfully press on to the end – and beyond. AMEN.