But times of persecution had struck. And some—ceasing to trust Christ for their present and future—were abandoning their faith.
The writer argues from the Hebrew Scriptures that if faith doesn’t lead to endurance, it’s not for real.
Interact with God’s Word
- The inspired writer tells us never to forget our early days as believers. What stands out in your memory about this time in your life?
- What does the writer specially want us to remember (vv. 32, 34)?
- What is the basis for this faithfulness and joy (v. 34b)?
- Do you know someone whose confident trust in the Lord has eroded?
- What kind of self-reminder would have prevented that (v. 35)?
- What quality should this expectation enable in your life (v. 36)?
- Verses 37 and 38 quote the then-current Greek translation of Habakkuk 2:3-4. Is your faith for today and tomorrow solid enough to insure that you won’t “turn away”?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God for a faith that doesn’t fluctuate, but stays steady regardless of distractions, disappointments, or attacks.
32 Don’t ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail. When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity. 35 Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 37 “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. 38 Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!
Prayer for the Week: Thank you, Savior, for enduring all the way to the cross. Give me the stamina to be a finisher.