Hebrews 12:2-6
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son”

I woke up this morning to a prayer request from a dear one who is in the process of selling her home to move to be with her husband and is facing serious challenges in terms of selling. They have been asked by potential home buyers to redo their roofing, sewerage and other fixes which will cost them over 10% of the value of the home. This is highly discouraging news and for one who has not put her trust in Jesus as her Lord and Savior, it is a point of no return because it seems like they are pushed against the wall and have no hope left in the world but in God alone. Why does God place us in such situations and where is God’s hand of blessing when we call out to Him for help?

I am amazed by God’s timely word and how it fits the situation of our lives perfectly. Today we are reminded of Esau who gave up his inheritance for a bowl of hot stew. Later in life when he did want to claim his inheritance, he could not and was left in tears and brokenness. We need to be careful about how we treat God when He calls us because we easily pass Him by when the times are good but we regret for a lifetime when we suffer. God disciplines us because He loves us just as our parents did to keep us on the straight and narrow. When we are tested and tried, we need to know that God is in control of our lives and as long as we have that faith, we will be carried through. If we fall for every lure of sin in our lives, we have not endured and will be left in tears. Are you going to live for momentary pleasures and pay with the rest of your lives or do you want to endure now and enjoy eternity in God’s holy presence?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

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Comments
  1. We are such a people of wanting things instantly. To have to go through testing and trials and discipline . . .ach! But, to go through those things with the Lord, it is sweet and fulfilling and yes, eternal. Something hard to imagine, but so very real. May we all set our lives on pleasing Him and see how much that pleases us as well. Thank you for taking us to Him!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      Yes, you said it so well. Going through trials with Jesus is sweet and fulfilling but often we forget and try to deal with situations on our own strength and fail. Thank you for your continued encouragement.
      In Him,
      Vineet

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