So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
—Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)
Do you trust God, or have you lost hope? Without trust in God, you will not have hope. The writer to the Hebrews defines this trust as being "confident.” Are you confident that God loves you and takes care of the concerns of your heart? Confident trust rises from faith the size of a little mustard seed and grows stronger when nourished with the Word through the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
“Remember the great reward confident trust gives you," the writer to the Hebrews proclaims! In Hebrews 10, the writer goes on to share the great reward of eternal life that Jesus promises. When life is hard, patient endurance is needed. Knowing your promise of heaven keeps you focused on your reward. But do you "get through life" by only thinking of your reward in heaven, or do you enjoy His abundant life now?
Abundant life is not everything being in place—running smoothly with no problems. Right at this moment, we realize the uncertainty of this world and how a virus can turn our lives upside down. But confident trust in Jesus inspires peace and joy no matter your circumstance and daily struggle. You choose to have an abundant perspective because you believe that your Father will never leave you or forsake you. You know the Lord is your protector and healer. You are well aware that the enemy’s purpose is to destroy your faith but that Jesus’ goal is to give you a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10). And that abundant life is something you have when you understand what Jesus has accomplished on the Cross for you.
When you know who you are in Jesus, you discover an abundant life through confident trust in God. This trust fuels your faith. Hope inspires. Peace is constant. Fear doesn’t shake you. Others don't wound you. You understand that abundant life comes from the new life Jesus has given you. There is nothing you can "do" to make it happen. You have confident trust because the grace of Jesus has changed your whole perspective. You know Him as never before.
The grace of Jesus has set you free from the lies of the enemy! Do you know it? His grace has set you free from fear! Do you experience it? "Learn of me," He whispers, "and you will find rest for your soul!" When you learn about the precious gift of righteousness He has given, you begin to see beyond your circumstance with His understanding instead of your own. You begin to hear His promise instead of worry or fear. Confident trust rises and fuels your faith. The rich and satisfying life Jesus promises is yours. It lives in you no matter what else happens.
If you are hanging on by a thread—living with fear—just waiting for heaven, Jesus has the rewards of peace and joy that confident trust in Him promises now. This life is not just a waiting game. His Kingdom lives within you right now. Grab hold of it with confident trust in His faithfulness. Virus or not, the maker of heaven and earth is your Father. He has this.
© 2020 Lynn Lacher