Handling Adversity ~ DAY 14

Beginning a new thought in Hebrews 2:5, the author wants to unfold the plan of God as far as the “big picture” perspective for us to grasp.  There are two main parts of God’s big picture plan that are being addressed here in Hebrews 2:5 – 18. 

The first involves Christ’s incarnation and humiliation and suffering.  We dare not, as human beings, think for one moment that we see how God sees.  God spoke to His people through the prophet Isaiah when He said, “Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds, for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans” (Isaiah 55:8-9).  Many people miss Jesus because they cannot rectify or reason in their own minds how God would subject Himself to such a plan. 

But the author of Hebrews tells us in 2:10 that Jesus’ humiliation and sufferings were “fitting for Him.”  Were they fitting because Jesus deserved to suffer and die?  Absolutely not!  The author tells us why it was fitting from God’s perspective.  Keep reading verse 10.  It was so He could bring many to glory.  It was so He could make us holy (verse 11).  It was so He could destroy the one who held the power of death (verse 14).  It was so He could set us free from our fear of death (verse 15).  It was so He would be viewed as a merciful and faithful high priest (verse 17).  It was so we would know He can relate to what we’re going through and provide much needed help (verse 18).  All that Jesus ever did was for the good of others, not for Himself.  All that He experienced and endured was for our sakes and not His own. 

Interestingly, the word “fitting” in 2:10 means to stand out, be distinguished, or be conspicuous.  It is derived from a word whose meaning is to be a tower.  Our Lord Jesus went through all the adversity and hardship in His life so that He could be a tower of salvation and strength to His people.  “The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high” (Proverbs 18:10).  Not for the same ultimate purpose as Jesus, but in a similar manner, God will use the adversity and hardship of our lives to draw others to Him through us.  Many times, the adversity doesn’t have as much to do with us, as it is being used by God in our lives to reach others through us.  So, it is imperative for us if this is Gods’ way for us, to be faithful to Him in all seasons of our life.  As those around us see us handling the adversity in a different and distinguishable way, they will be drawn to the source of our faith, hope, and peace even in the worst of times. 

“But set Christ apart as Lord in your heart and always be ready to give answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess”(1 Peter 3:15).  Let us be a tower of God’s power!