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November 5, 2020
Daily Bible reading: Ezekiel 17-18 and Hebrews 11
“Joy on the Other Side of Tribulation”
(Hebrews 11:35-40 MKJV) “Women received their dead raised to life again, and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings; yes, more, of bonds and imprisonments. They were stoned, they were sawed in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented. The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains and dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, did not receive the promise, for God had provided some better thing for us, that they should not be made perfect without us.”
(Hebrews 12:1-2) “Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 11 is considered the “Hall of Faith” chapter of the Bible, listing the notable men and women of the Bible who accomplished things for the Lord through faith. It is a chapter of testimonies and victories for the people of God; however, in the last portion of this chapter, we also read about the unnamed who were tortured and put to death with out anything that the world would consider as a reward for their great faith. These suffered, going to their graves not receiving the promise in their lifetime but knowing that a greater reward or result awaited them in eternity. The world was not considered worthy of having these people because of their faith, which resulted in their dedication to Jehovah.
Because their faith in the Lord was so great, they saw the joy that awaited them on the other side. When we take the trials of this life, choosing to go in the way of the Most Holy and endure temptations for Christ’s sake, in light of eternity and our heavenly reward, it changes the way we view tribulation.
(James 1:2-4) “My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.”
(Hebrews 12:10-11) “For truly they chastened us for a few days according to their own pleasure, but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now chastening for the present does not seem to be joyous, but grievous. Nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it.”
Tribulation all of a sudden becomes an opportunity to grow in our faith and become more Christ-like. We no longer view them through the lens of hopelessness. We have hope in something greater and have this assurance that our suffering and times of testing will produce in us something we could not have gained otherwise.
By Lauren Smith