Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times!
Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days
your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out,
staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.
It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.
But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
Hebrews 10.32-39 | MSG
So we travel from Deuteronomy to Hebrews.
Hebrews with its better shores – better promises, better covenant, a better high priest, a better and more perfect sanctuary as wide as the world.
But these people couldn’t see any of that at the moment – hence this long pulpit-ish letter. They had had a hard past, and were suffering in an even harder present (they thought).
But they forgot the glories.
They had seen the Glory in all that they had experienced, excruciating as it had been at times, and they so needed to remember so they could be vigorously propelled into the future awaiting them.
And that need is ours too.
Celebrate and mourn.
And launch out…
How would you quantify your greatest takeaway from your past? What most excites you about the future?
Living God, who was, and is, and is to come, remind me today that you dwell richly in all three of those tenses; let me not fear anywhere you walk, have walked or will walk. Teach me to lean into the past in all of it’s variegated glories, and be launched into a future that will make them seem but flickering light. Through Christ.