09/17/2016 - “Do not throw away your confidence…”
Hebrews 10:35-37 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Of course the Scriptures are full of beautiful verses containing promises, assurance, and words of hope, joy and peace, but this one is my favorite because it tells me about confidence. I like to look at all the aspects of my life through the prism of confidence. I need confidence when I am thinking about my future, my life, my health, my relationship with others, and even my salvation. Actually the apostle Paul in this passage speaks about determination in verse 36 when he says, “You need to persevere,” about God’s promise of everlasting life by saying, “you will receive what he has promised,” about the second coming of Jesus in verse 37 “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay,” about righteousness by faith in verse 38 when he says, “my righteous one will live by faith,” and about determination in verse 39 by saying “we do not belong to those who shrink back.” Everything that is mentioned above doesn’t make any sense if we lack confidence/determination, if we “shrink back and are destroyed.”
How can I keep my determination alive when day by day I am confronted with challenges, questions without answers, adversities and bad news?
Last week I got an email asking me to pray for someone who was just diagnosed with cancer. Of course it was a shock for her and her family, but what I found out was that that person didn’t lose her confidence. She continued to have peace and assurance of Jesus’ love. Why? Her determination was founded in the fact that God still loves her. This is the secret: in what do I put my security? If my security is in my job, my money, my house, my properties, my…my…when I lose one or all of them, my confidence is…gone. But if my confidence is in Jesus, in connection with God, when I lose one or all of them, my determination is still there.
I like the song that I always sing with such a confidence, “Take the World, But Give Me Jesus!” This is what I need in a time like this. Just this and it is enough. Don’t you think so?