Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 12th, 2017
Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)
Don’t Become Weary
We may be tempted to give up when we have to endure opposition from those who do not follow the Lord. We can avoid this failure by considering what Jesus endured. When we think of Him we are guarded from becoming weary and just giving up. We don’t have to fail. We can ask the Lord for His comfort, strength, and endurance.
Authorities have grown weary of the carnage that has taken place on an untwinned stretch of the Trans Canada Highway between New Glasgow and Antigonish Nova Scotia. An accident that took the life of a 35 year old Halifax woman last Victoria Day was the 15th fatal collision on that stretch of highway since 2009. Joe MacDonald is the chief of the Barneys River Fire Department, and he estimates that since he stepped into that role he has had to respond to hundreds of accidents along the stretch of Highway 400 that runs by his community. MacDonald has become a crusader and is driving a movement to have the highway twinned. It became a personal crusade when his mother was injured in 2009 on a stretch of the highway that has now become twinned.
Life can sometimes be a challenge. Just in the last twelve hours one friend of ours was diagnosed with lung cancer and a second friend had a stroke that has left her with no movement on her left side, and unable to speak. For both of these godly people and their families, life has become a challenge. Nobody is excluded from dealing with all that life throws our way. In our prosperous and free nation, the challenges are usually health and wealth related. For our brothers and sisters in developing and less free countries, there are the issues of poverty, injustice and persecution. Whatever it is we are facing, the author of the book of Hebrews reminds us that the human experience has always been one of challenge. So he writes in Hebrews 12:3: “Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” Followers of Jesus are always called to keep our eyes on the Master, and this is particularly so when the difficulties of life come our way. Jesus, God the Son, stepped into our world and become the Son of Man. He experienced all of the challenges that each human being faces. As well, He faced the opposition that came when He lived out and taught Kingdom principles. His words and actions stood in opposition to the self-centered philosophies that marked His day, and ours. So when you face challenges, think of Jesus, and you will be encouraged to press on as He did.
These have been words from the heart.