God Provides an Answer
Daily Bible Reading – Hebrews 5-8
Today’s Key Passage – Hebrews 6:1-12
We all get discouraged. There are times when we feel like we might be working in vain. Sometimes, we might even feel like God has forgotten about us. We may not always see the rewards of our actions. We might face rejection on this earth repeatedly. We might try to speak the truth to people who do not want to hear it, and it might even appear that we are not reaching anyone through our actions. The fact is we are not working in vain. God will never forget about us. He is just and good, and He will reward us for our work – maybe not in this life but in our eternal life to come. While we may face rejection in this world, God will never reject us. While it may seem that no one is hearing us, the Bible says in Isaiah 55:11 that, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” His Word does not return void.
It is amazing the way God works. It is amazing the things that He does and the ways that He goes about providing us direction. About a year ago, I went through a time of discouragement. I wondered if I was making any difference in this world, and I prayed night and day seeking God’s direction for my life. One day, my daughter was over at a friend’s house playing until she came running back home crying. As I sat in my office writing, she came in and sat on my lap. While I was trying to comfort her and dry her tears, I still did not really understand what could have upset her so much. Finally, she told me what had happened. In the simple words of my seven year old, she said she “didn’t feel wanted over there” at her friend’s house. I dried her eyes and explained that there are times when all of us feel like we are not wanted. I told her that I felt like that too sometimes and that sometimes people will disappoint us and make us feel that way. Then I told her that there was someone who would never make her feel unwanted or rejected. When I asked her if she knew whom I was talking about, I expected her to answer that I was talking about her Mommy and me. Instead, it melted my heart when her face immediately brightened as she said, “God!” She got it! She knew in that moment that God would never make her feel unwanted. I knew in that moment that He would never make me feel unwanted either.
Today as I was going through my daily Bible study, I got to the passage above. As so often is the case, this passage jumped off the page to me. It was as if it were the only passage on the page. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (6:10-12) This passage was written for the Jewish Christians who were thinking about going back to Judaism. It was written for me. It was written for you. His Word speaks to all of us. God communicates with us all the time. When we go to Him in prayer, He WILL provide an answer. All we have to do is wait and listen.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on December 12, 2014, in 19 - Hebrews and tagged Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Perseverance, Prayer, Religion, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.