Do you ever stop and appreciate just how good you have it? I mean really stop. We get up in our air conditioned or heated homes that have running water and electricity. We have the opportunity to read our Bibles if we so choose. No one is banging down our door demanding that we stop praying. I know there are places in this world that persecute followers of Christ. The U.S. is not one of those places, yet.
But look at these verses: Hebrews 11:36-39 – “Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated – the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.”
And we think we have it rough?!
We think that if God doesn’t answer us promptly that He must not be listening. Can you imagine going through ANY of the things listed above and them dying never having seen what you have been praying for your whole life? What happened to that level of faith? Where did we let it escape to? If we had to endure a portion of this level of suffering, we would crawl in a hole and sing “woe is me”! Then we would probably quickly give up on God and go our merry way. How sad.
Revelation explains that if The Lord delays His coming that things are going to get rough – really rough. Do we have the faith to endure it? Do you have the faith to endure it? Do I? Tough, I know.
But as I was reading this passage this morning and looking around at my beautiful home, I began to think about what hardships I have. Mine are extremely minor compared to this list – fear of what others may think, trying to be a Godly woman in an ungodly world, teaching my children Godly principles and so on. Not really being cut in two or sleeping in holes. But yet, they are important to me and to Him. The question is, if I were to die today and not see the fruit of my labor, would I be considered faithful? That’s what this is all about – faithful. Keep on keeping on despite any and all circumstances.
Go girl, be faithful.