Read Hebrews 10: 19-25
Let us hold fast to the confession
of our hope without wavering, for
he who has promised is faithful.
I began to doubt my choice of an English instructor when
I struggled to get a grade better than a C in his class. Then I
got another C, but there was only one correction on my paper.
He had deleted words I had inserted for dramatic effect.
When I questioned the teacher about my grade, he told me
that I could be artistic when I got paid for my writing, but not
in his class. That near-miss grade helped me to persevere and
to end the class with an A.
We often see the rewards of perseverance through the
stories in scripture, including the story of Bartimaeus. Jesus
was walking toward Jerusalem when Bartimaeus, a man who
was blind, called out to him. (See Mark 10: 46-52.) As the
crowd tried to quiet Bartimaeus, he could have given up; but
he cried out all the louder, asking Jesus to heal him. Jesus
did heal him, and Bartimaeus followed Jesus, glorifying God.
Surely Bartimaeus was glad he hadn’t given up.
When we find ourselves in circumstances beyond our
control and see no possibility of a good outcome, we
may become discouraged.
But even when we think
nobody cares, we can
persevere and continue
doing right because God is faithful. At times our lives may
seem dark, but God helps us to live in hope.
Prayer: Dear God, encourage us, and help our hope to
exceed what our eyes see. Amen.
Charles J. Huff (Illinois)
Prayer Focus: TEACHERS
Thought for the Day
God gives me strength