he who promised is faithful

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

If we “confess” Christ to be our Lord and Saviour, our living “hope”, then we need to “hold fast” to that belief.

Our day-to-day lives do distract us.

We worry about all our concerns (Matthew 6:25).

We’re easily lured by the false “promises” associated with the pursuit of “riches” (Luke 18:14ff).

We’re all too easily “deceived”. Dragged away from our maker.

Ignoring the very Author of life (Acts 3:15).

What’s more, Satan will purposely “tempt” us as He did Jesus (Mark 1:13).

Yet through all this God remains faithful (Isaiah 49:7).

Despite our selfish behaviour. And in spite of our repeated forgetting about Him.

For nothing can “separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:39).


prayer : help me to not be distracted by the concerns and pleasures of life

action : “hold fast”

the crown of life

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

It’s not easy to “remain steadfast under trial”. Especially if we choose to rely upon our own resources.

Yet turning to God for help can appear to be a form of weakness.

Our natural instinct is often to try and “tough it out” on our own. Resolute in our determination to “go it alone”.

But God promises to ease our “burden” and “give [us] rest” if we would just “come to [Him]” when we “labor and are heavy laden” (Matthew 11:28-30).

We are told that it’s through these “trials” that we in fact become stronger.

I’ve learned this time and time again during my running training. That it’s necessary to first increase the stress levels and permit a breakdown in the muscles so that they can then be rebuilt during the times of rest.

Yes, it is a test. But we’re anything but alone in our struggles.

And ultimately the prize is the crown of life. No small thing!

But the “promise” is only to “those who love Him”. A poignant reminder to those who choose to sit-on-the-fence!


prayer : that those friends and family who do not love Him may yet come to know Him

action : trust God to keep His promise