The scripture for today, December 2 (12/2), is Hebrews 12:2 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Yes, life gets pretty rough sometimes. And the harder we try to act like Christians among non-Christians, the more difficult it can become. Did such difficulties stop Jesus? No. He was determined to save as many souls from hell as possible. And he was determined to do the job God gave him before returning to heaven.
What is your assignment? God gives everyone an assignment; you can often tell by what is going wrong in your life. Some bad things are our own doing. But Satan never rests, especially among Christians, and the stronger the Christian is, the harder he pushes them. He does this, according to Job, to get us to blame God.
Those with the old excuse, “If God is so good, why does he allow evil?” are still with us long after Job. Satan makes people forget he exists, thus leaving only one being to blame. He is a liar.
First, bad exists because Satan exists. Second, God gave us free will whether to follow him or not, and Christians are subject to those who choose to tear down God and all he represents. Third, God is preparing us for something in heaven and is testing us to develop our spiritual muscles here on earth. It may have something to do with the servants Jesus mentioned to whom the Master gave cities to rule over (Luke 19:11-27). There are an estimated two trillion galaxies out there.
Where is your determination? Jesus is preparing a crown for you (James 1:12; Revelation 3:11), so you can reign with him (II Timothy 2:12). Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Do not “grow weary and lose heart.” Jesus has a crown for you. He has a throne for you. He has a job for you. Will you listen to Satan’s lies that God hates everyone and is using them as pawns, or will you listen to the God of the Universe? How determined are you to live forever in heaven?
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