Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV) 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
On verses 32-39: Once again the theme of perseverance comes up here in these verses. To encourage the Christians he is writing to, the writer of Hebrews recalls the early days of their faith when they suffered much persecution, even having their property confiscated and going to prison for their faith. Apparently they did so joyfully because they knew that they “had better and lasting possessions” (v34). (It reminds me of that famous quote from missionary Jim Elliott who wrote, “He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”) In a time when his readers were likely tempted to leave their faith or disconnect themselves from church, the writer of Hebrews encourages his readers not to throw away their confidence and urges them to persevere “so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what has been promised.” (v36)
What can we learn from this? If you’re going through some adversity right now, don’t give up. Persevere and hang onto your faith in Jesus. Remember that:
God reserves His greatest blessings for those who persevere.
You can’t accomplish anything great without persevering through some adversity, and sometimes lots of it.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your encouragement to persevere, that in times when we would rather give up, You encourage us to hang onto You and You will see us through. I hang onto You today. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!