26 May 2014
When we consider the criticism of other people or the harsh treatment we unfairly receive sometimes – it is easy to grow weary and discouraged. It upsets us and angers us – draws away our strength in the process and discourages us.
In Hebrews 12:3, it says: “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” and in verse 15 it also says: “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.”
Whilst the rest of this verse in Hebrews actually speaks about the discipline of God being for our own good , i am reminded by the two verses above that Jesus – even though perfect and sinless, God in human flesh – was not immune from criticism, harsh words, false accusations, hostility, unfair treatment and the like.
It is just insane how we could even criticize God – the perfect, flawless Creator, the awesome and powerful God – honored and revered by the heavenly hosts who are mightier than humans – being told he is not good enough, not worthy and being condemned.
If God himself was not excused from such treatment, who am i to expect otherwise? As i consider the verses, i draw some courage and comfort in the fact that though the world may be unappreciative and harsh and even judgmental, there is a perfect judge and a perfect and loving Father who sees and will make right everything one day. In the meantime, i must endure as Jesus did, and i must dissolve any bitterness by reflecting on how Jesus had to do the same and suffer much more than i.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being my role model and walking the path before me. Thank you for showing me and encouraging me in my walk with you. Though i may hit bumpy roads, i pray that your strength and wisdom will be close to me and keep my paths straight. Help me remove bitterness from my heart. Help me to strengthen my knees and hands when they droop. I pray that i do not grow weary in keeping with what is glorifying to you.