“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36, NLT).
I’m not the kind of person who needs more confidence. Or coffee. I just don’t go there! God naturally gave me a body with super high energy. Except when I step outside the boundaries God placed in my life. Have you been there? Life is full of so many things to do, not to mention surprises and challenges.
As I mentioned last week, I attended a conference in Dallas that encouraged me so much. However, in the midst of traveling there I was unexpectedly “blessed” with patience. My anxiety soared to new heights as the plane took off. Great. I felt like the whole conference was going to be ruined. I know my body and I know the reason WHY my confidence is so high: because God has healed me from suffering. Not once. Not twice. Not three times. Get the picture?
I am so confident in my Healer that it literally rocks my world when it crumbles. I know God heals and why doesn’t He choose to heal me now?
After the conference I went back to my hotel room to read my favorite NLT One-Year Bible. I was reading through Hebrews 10 and this passage caught my attention:
“Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever” (Hebrews 10:32-34, NLT).
There was a time when I endured much more than my anxiety flash backs, and I was . . . happy. How is it that I am not able to find my confident joy, purpose, and needs in Christ NOW? Maybe this is not anything new. Maybe I’m not the only one who has difficulty with regaining their confident hope.
My prayer for today is that we would receive all God has promised in the areas of: marriage, job/career, ministry, or health. Help us to throw off whatever hinders instead of throwing away our rich confident trust in You. No matter what happens you paid it all. Let us boldly approach your throne to receive the grace we need.