|apostates hanged in Iran|
The above verse is from Hebrews 12, but it continues a thought begun in Hebrews 11 (or even the latter part of Hebrews 10). Hebrews 11 is known as the great faith chapter and one of the bible’s more famous verses begins it: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1)
The author continues listing the Great Faithful Ones; Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Barak, Samson, and more. They went out in faith in God’s promises, Abraham not even knowing where he was going. (Heb 11:8). They made a faith decision to live a life in God based on trust.
Have you made that same commitment? Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength? Do you love Him unto the point of shedding your blood? Iran is hanging people, many of them apostates (converting from Islam to Christianity.) Here is one pastor’s story, he was sentenced on Nov 26 to hang.
Are you bold enough to live on a promise? Are you strong enough to live knowing you will not see it fulfilled this side of heaven? Faith is the evidence of things as yet unseen. As yet. You WILL see them. Do not weaken under pressure until your faith becomes sight. And remember, pressure to buy a bigger gift for Christmas is not really pressure at all.
So as the Christmas season winds up, and you hustle and bustle here and there, and you get irritated in the grocery line…or you get worried about the perfect present…or you smolder because your melon balls aren’t round enough, remember to read Hebrews 11, and even 12. They will put things back into perspective.