34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
“Joyfully”? I remember the feeling of frustration and powerlessness the first time I had things stolen from me (yes, it happened more than once!). I recently mentioned to a friend (half joking half serious) that it helped me to be less attached to material things (but no, definitely no feeling of joy!).
Gaining perspective in the midst of suffering and persecution was possible to those for whom this verse was addressed to because they knew they had “better and lasting possessions.” Knowing that Jesus is with us in our suffering and that He will return one day to put an end to all pain leads us to persevere in our faith.
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Su).
Thoughts for the day
- When you experience suffering or persecution, how do you deal with it?
- DO you agree with the author of Hebrews and his statement in verse 34?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you can share this message with?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.