I have just put the children to bed. It has been a long day…Lots of things heavy on my heart. I know all of you have faced these feelings many times before.
I flopped on the couch, Bible in hand. I threw up a quick, “Lord, I need some encouragement. I feel pretty deflated right about now.” No sooner had I finished the sentence than I heard that little whisper say, “Hebrews Chapter 6.”
I love the Lord and His quick answer to my plea for encouragement. I love how near He is and how willing He can be in my moments of weakness to water my soul. I had absolutely no idea right off the top of my head what Hebrews chapter 6 said, but when I read it, man, was I blessed.
“But beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you…” vs.9
“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end…” vs.10,11
“In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of his promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” vs.17-20
My hope is not in today’s circumstances, my hope is wrapped up eternally in Christ. His promises to me are as sure as they can be, bankable, absolutely positively unchanging, because His purpose will not fail and will be accomplished since He has sworn by Himself to do it. And furthermore, as if all that was not mind blowing enough-I have Jesus acting on my behalf as my High Priest praying for me constantly. And you do too!
Feeling discouraged? Exhausted? Things heavy on your heart? Run to the encouraging arms of our Heavenly Father!
Photography courtesy of Brian Schindler