March 28, 2018
Hebrews 12:1-3…“Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.” vs. 3
From time to time we encounter people who have grown weary or lost heart as the years go by. They’re discouraged by the direction of politics and sense that things are changing quickly. Very soon, they tell themselves–and whoever will listen–this country will fall apart and everything we’ve held dear will be lost. They’re sad, angry, and depressed…and their mood is infectious. A moment in their presence is like entering a dark cloud and we look for reasons to avoid prolonged conversation. The writer to the Hebrews had experience with such folks and tells his readers to focus their minds and hearts on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of their faith, and it’s not a bad idea for us to do the same. There are going to be pitfalls and challenges on our journeys through life, but millions of people have gone this way before us–and now this great cloud of witnesses is cheering us on. Because of their testimony and the example of Jesu,s we know that the future is secure, provided that we don’t get bogged down in the present. The things that are upsetting to us are nothing when compared to the joy of living in Christ. Blessed are those who can keep their eyes on Jesus, the true light in our world of darkness.
Thought for the Day: How do I deal with discouraging news?