Handling Adversity ~ DAY 3

Leaving Hebrews 13:22 for now, I want us to consider the author’s words at the beginning of the letter.  This letter along with the book of Genesis and the gospel of John begins with God. 

At the very beginning, we are confronted with the reality of God.  His existence from the author’s perspective is self-evident.  I believe it’s imperative that we begin with God.  That’s how we should process everything in life.  We should start with God first.  Our day should start with God allowing Him to set, settle, and strengthen our hearts and minds to face another day.  Often when we face a trial or challenge, we run to every other possible avenue for help, support, comfort, and encouragement but God.  Many times He becomes our last resort rather than the first one we run to.  Remember, “God is our strong refuge, He is truly our helper in times of trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1)  Seek God first today and every day.  When we start with God everything else settles out in our lives in its proper place. 

The next revelation the author makes is that “God spoke.”  Ever since He created mankind, God has sought to communicate to us and establish a close relationship with us.  Communication is the lifeblood of relationships.  Without communication, relationships will wither and deteriorate.  We must not only begin with God, but we must listen, for He is speaking.  Do you hear His voice through all the noise?  “When He has brought all His own sheep out, He goes ahead of the, and the sheep follow Him because they recognize His voice.”  (John 10:4) “My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  (John 10:27) 

Following our Good Shepherd is essential  and when we hear His voice and follow Him, we’ll have everything we need from the beginning of our journey all the way to the end.  Read and meditate on Psalm 23.