Hang in There and Persevere: Hebrews 10:35-36
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35-36
Richly rewarded. With what? Things here on earth? Perhaps, as reward for obedience and service in the here and now is God’s prerogative.
What has he promised? By far the most wonderful thing, eternal life. For we are eternal beings, and there will be an eternity. His gift, an opportunity to spend it in His presence. That despite our willful opposition to His instruction; the act of choosing, in accordance with the gift of free will, a path opposite of the one He had laid out for us. Despite ourselves, we still have His promise of an ultimately wonderful future.
Why the need to persevere? Because we live in a flawed world, created perfect yet compromised shortly thereafter. Now in a present and seemingly contradictory state, a mix of wonderful and horrific. A temporary condition in which we have been placed. It can be confusing and discouraging at times, an aspect of our lives requiring perseverance. And we persevere, knowing there will come a time when He restores creation to its original perfect state.
Tough times ahead? Yes, scripture tells us so.
But, it also tells us the tough times will come to a close. A new and final age will be ushered in.