In today's reading, there were quite a few verses that caught my attention, but I narrowed it down to this one:
"Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:3
Unfortunately, this verse tells us that we too will endure opposition. When this happens, how will we react? I have been encouraged recently by our kids for the opposition they have been enduring. Despite receiving opposition from her school teacher, Kezia is going against the recommendation of her teacher, as she has decided to show how the Bible does relate to science. Will she get marked fairly for the topic she chose? Most likely not. Will her teacher reconsider his view on Christianity? Hopefully, but we may never know.....
The pressure that Kaden is experiencing from his school and hockey friends is bringing me back to my high school days. The purpose of dating for most youth is for one thing only, and the idea of saving yourself for your wedding night no longer appears to be a consideration.
We should be encouraged to persevere in our faith and have our faith grow while we are dependent on the Lord. He is the provider of our strength so that we do not lose heart. This is a marathon that we are running, and we need to prepare ourselves as if it were a physical race, so that we can see it through to the end.
The temptations we face today are the same as they were yesterday and the same as they will be tomorrow. Thankfully, Jesus Christ is also the same yesterday and today and forever.