The people the Hebrews Letter was written to were not only facing struggles of day-to-day living and survival, but also a society that was relentlessly persecuting them because of their faith. The author encourages them to not despair and hold fast to their faith in Christ. To know that their best days were not just in their past. The bible teaches us that wherever God is that is where glory, strength, victory and joy can be found. Since God is with us now, that means our best days can be in the here and now.
The focus verses 32-34 remind us that God has given us wonderful memories and we need to RECONNECT with our past. Not so we can “live there” but so we can use it to EMPOWER our life today. Too often when we “visit” our past we dwell on the things that didn’t go well or things we failed at. It’s ironic that we will remember the negatives of our past, yet, when it comes to our favorite sports team – Georgia Bulldogs – we most often remember their triumphs and championships. We hold to the idea that if they did it then, they can do it again – this year! That is essentially what these verses are telling us. If you were victorious in the past, you can have victory today. Because, back then you weren’t alone. God was with you. If He and you did it then, you can do it again, today!
At the end of the sermon I asked everyone to this week, write down 2-3 of his or her best days (seasons). Those times when God brought you through some trial and it was a glory day. Then share that story with someone. It will be a powerful witness to them and you!
In His Word,
Reverend Dee Dee