“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)
The Bible gives us a clear choice between two life directions. Because life often forks off in two directions, you must take the higher road, even though it looks more difficult and treacherous. That road gets steep in places. The climb takes a toll on your energy. It gets lonely. Not many on it, but more than you imagined, and some because of your example. It gets slippery; the devil blows ice on the narrow passages. Despite its dangers, the higher road is bound for the peak, and you’ll make it—God has a lifeline around you. When you are tempted to falter in your faith or to turn back from following Christ, keep focused on what he has done for you and what he offers in the future (see Romans 8:12-25; Galatians 3:10-13). Then keep climbing.
Times of trial serve to sift true Christians from false or fair-weather Christians. When you are pressured to give up and turn your back on Christ, remember the benefits of standing firm and continue to live for Christ. Patient endurance is not a way to be saved but the evidence that you are really committed to Jesus. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Do we always stand boldly for Jesus?
We have a choice with everything in life. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Is it going to be the high road or the low road that everybody follows? If you want to be great at anything, it takes serious commitment, including your walk with God.
I have been seriously tested in the last while. Just when you think you have things waxed, the devil throws a curve ball.
My lesson the past week has been prayer and trust in God. Trust me, some of these obstacles are enormous. Just like the writer says, God has a lifeline around you, just reach out for Him. Just like the scripture says, faith the size of a mustard seed will help you through everything.
All things are possible with God.
“Lord, I pray that You show me the high road, that I can be bold for you, that You will guide me through all my troubles. Thank you for the opportunity. In Jesus mighty name. Amen”