Hebrews 10:32 tells us Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.
I remember. It was July 4, 1976, my fifteenth birthday. It happened to have fallen on Sunday. A neighbor boy and his mom kept inviting me to go to church with them. I kept saying “I can’t.” You see, at the time, my mother had a boyfriend living with us, who was abusive and controlling. He had an anger issue as well. Whenever there was something we had to ask his permission for, we had to time it right or it was a “No” with yelling and possible punishment. So the request had to be important to us. He also had bad experiences with a church as a boy, therefore he hated God, church, and church people. I was not interested in possibly making him mad for days to attend church.
well I had to walk past his house every time I went to the neighborhood store or to catch the city bus somewhere. I finally relented and told them I would ask. I to,d God, “If you want me to go to church you’re going to have to get him to say yes”. So I asked and surprisingly he said yes. He didn’t ask a lot of questions or make any stipulations. It was God!
I don’t remember what the message was about. I do remember the joy, peace, and love I felt. The Pastor invited anyone who wanted salvation to come forth. I told the young man and his mom that I would go up next time. I didn’t quite understand what going up meant nor what would happen. They didn’t relent so I gave in. Thank God they didn’t relent. I remember being at home later that day and feeling at peace. My ho e was still filled with anger, abuse,and fear but I didn’t care. I had God. I remained faithful to God and what I understood of Him at the time, even though it meant terrible suffering.
early on the Lord revealed to me that my suffering wasn’t just for me. Someone needed to know that suffering may endure through the night but oh what joy when the morning comes.
Isaiah 46:9 Remeber the things I (the Lord) have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.
Can I encourage you to take some time this weekend to remember some of the great things God has done for you. Lets tell someone about them so they will know how great God is.