Scripture for Today: Hebrews 10:35-36 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”
What a shame to see trash spoiling this beautiful scene! I still remember that old slogan, “Every litter bit hurts.” It was part of the campaign begun in the early 50’s called, “Keep America Beautiful.” Its aim was to end littering and to beautify our environment. And they did raise awareness through education, public service advertising, mapping of “litter hotspots” and organized cleanup activities. Much of these values are seen today in other efforts such as Earth Day and “plogging” or picking up litter while jogging.
Today’s verse tells us about something believers should never throw away; our confidence! That confidence allows us to persevere in doing what God wants. The believers addressed had suffered through being thrown in prison and through having property confiscated. Their treatment was unfair but they were told to stay confident that God would richly reward them for their sacrifice and perseverance. Those who have thrown away their confidence are those who no longer believe the suffering is worth it. Abandoning the faith for an easier life, they forgo the reward that would have been theirs.
I can respond in one of two ways to a life-changing crisis. I can either blame God and run away from Him, or I can run to Him for the comfort and encouragement that only He can give. My faith and confidence, rather than being thrown away, grows and strengthens when I choose that second response. I do not know what hard thing may await me. But I pray that I will never throw away my confidence.
Lord, help me to persevere no matter what!