New Study…What Happens When Women Walk In Faith.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV)
It seems that I blog only when I task myself with something but the benefits of verse mapping is truly amazing. Why? Because I get to personalize this verse and in doing so the Holy Spirit floods my soul and speaks to me.
I zoomed in on three words or rather these three words stood out…screaming at me. Confidence, Reward and Endurance.
During this exercise I got to reflect on my past were this verse was so applicable. My time of barrenness. Freshly married, eager to start a family but conceiving was hard, stressful and put me into a depressive state. The waiting was unbearable but after much time elapsed… 2 years… my miracle baby arrived. I gleaned so much wisdom, patience and especially long suffering.
I turned to the Biblical figure Hannah during my struggle…as I knew exactly how she felt. Just like she was depressed, so too was I ….her husbands plea was exactly how my husband felt as he watched me drag myself into a hole. It was only after much tears and crying to God that I was able to pull myself together again and accept His will even if that meant it not having children.
Extract from Hannah’s story…
Her husband Elkanah said, “Oh, Hannah, why are you crying? Why aren’t you eating? And why are you so upset? Am I not of more worth to you than ten sons?”So Hannah ate. Then she pulled herself together, slipped away quietly, and entered the sanctuary. The priest Eli was on duty at the entrance to God’s Temple in the customary seat. Crushed in soul, Hannah prayed to God and cried and cried—inconsolably.
1 Samuel 1:8-11
So here is me expounding on this verse.
Sabrina, don’t throw away your confidence (assurance in Christ and what He is capable off). And that is…He will provide!!!
For it has a great reward. (Good and perfect gifts come to those who wait, trust and believe irrespective of famine phases)
The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it – John Ruskin
For you have need of endurance (character building desert areas)
Definition : the ability to withstand hardship or adversity…especially the ability to sustain a prolonged period of stressfulness
So when you have done the will of God (huge condition…this needs to be focus) only then….
You may received what is promised.
My children are not my rewards…no…they are fringe benefits as Lysa explains in the study. My walk in faith…handing over the reigns to God and letting Him have full control is most certainly my reward.