Faith Preserves Your Soul
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who drawback to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
─ Hebrews 10:35-39 NKJV
Samantha stopped asking the question “why” more than a year ago. Two years had come and gone since Jake had been laid off from his job. He was willing to take anything. He knocked on every door and applied for hundreds of jobs. Nothing!
Samantha wanted to quit. She wished she could, but she knew there was no other option but to keep pressing on. They’d endured hardship before, but the test and trials they’d faced had never lingered this long. Sometimes she felt her fingers slip from the rope of hope, only to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. Eventually they would get through this.
Faith preserves our souls. Unwavering, unrelenting trust in the God who loves you most doesn’t quit when life gets hard. That’s when genuine faith shines the brightest.
The writer of Hebrews seems to speak from experience: “Do not throw away your trust, for your reward will be great. You must be willing to wait without giving up. After you have done what God wants you to do, God will give you what He promised you. The Holy Writings say, ‘In a little while, the One you are looking for will come. It will not be a long time now. For the one right with God lives by faith. If anyone turns back, I will not be pleased with him.’ We are not of those people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith to be saved from the punishment of sin.”
Faith doesn’t deny God when we don’t get our way, but instead relies on Him even more during the hard times.
Today’s One Thing
2020 has been a difficult year for most. Call someone today that you know has been struggling and encourage them in their faith today.