So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. NIV
This section of the 10th chapter of Hebrews is called, “A call to persevere.” I heard a lesson this morning that started with this verse, and, as soon as I read it, it struck me that this is a reminder not to worry.
Life here isn’t easy. If we’ve chosen to walk with Christ, there is a cost. Sometimes that cost is the disapproval of others, which can be challenging to bear up under. Sometimes the cost is far, far higher.
In the face of persecution, it is often tempting to worry. What if I AM doing this wrong? What if my efforts DON’T measure up? What if I’ve completely missed the boat?
But, those, “what ifs” are not valid. They are merely, What I Fear. And, they will quickly and effectively rob me of my confidence.
A woman who is very dear to me shared a story with me this week. She said that there was a time in her life that she made a decision, a big decision, and then worried that it had been the wrong one. For years, she looked back, pondering the path not taken, and wondering if the choice she had made had been the right one.
She said that one night, God gave her a revelation. It all of a sudden became clear to her that God was not sitting on the other path, waiting for her to show up. He was right there, on the path that she was walking, leading and guiding. He knew exactly where she was and the path that she had chosen and he was blessing her.
I love this verse … it says, “don’t throw away your confidence.” Notice, it doesn’t say, “don’t let anybody take your confidence,” no. It says that I have control over this, and that I should NOT throw my confidence away… (in favor of worries).
I should hang onto my confidence … it will be richly rewarded.
That’s what I’ll think about today.