Suffering Heroes Show Us That Faithful Living May Not Be Rewarded in This Life
Text to ponder this week
Hebrews 11:35b-38 Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy— wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Thoughts to ponder this week
1. Humanity is in rebellion against God and in that state, judges faithful followers to be unworthy of life.
2. Our depravity as a human race is seen at its depth against those who are created in His image and live by faith.
3. Depravity is the absence of grace.