Handling Adversity ~ DAY 1

As I begin writing this daily text, my hope is that it will be an encouragement to your spirit.  I have chosen to use the book of Hebrews as my primary source.  The reason for this is two-fold.  One, the recipients of this letter were first century Jewish Christians who were facing daily hardship.  Secondly, the purpose of this entire letter was for exhortation according the author in chapter 13, verse 22. 

Exhortation from God is to inspire and motivate His people to rise above their present circumstances.  His messages to us enable us to persevere and even prevail.  So, the author of Hebrews is speaking to us when he writes, “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation.”  Interestingly the author asks them to “bear with” it.  This means to keep holding up and holding on through means of his message.  God wants to encourage and exhort His people.  I believe He offers messages to us each and every day.  The question is not whether we are receiving encouragement from God, but rather, are we embracing it and holding onto it continually?  We can spend too much of our day so unbalanced between every other voice and God’s voice. 

In these days make time for more and more of God, His message, His voice.  We will not endure or persevere as God’s people apart from embracing God’s exhortations on a daily basis.  “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)  God sustained His people even in the wilderness through supernatural nourishment from heaven!  God will sustain and provide for us too even through supernatural means.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”   (Proverbs 3:5-6)