What If I told you that there was only one currency that the God of the universe accepted?
What if I told you that there was no effort you could give, no sacrifice you could make, no amount of money you could accumulate that could be traded for a single mustard seed of this currency?
And if I went on to explain that for those who carry this currency at heavens gate, there is an eternity of joys and pleasures, and for those who do not, there is eternal death; what would you be willing to go through, to sacrifice for this currency?
This currency is faith in the God of the Bible.
It is eternally precious to God when we trust His promises when everything around us – even inside of us – is screaming, “God is a liar! Don’t trust Him! He is not good!”
Think about some great heroes of the faith, like Joseph in the Old Testament. Imagine what it might have been like to spend so much time suffering unjustly. Joseph was a slave and a prisoner roughly from the time he was 17 until he was 30. Think about how much you would have missed out on if you were a prisoner and a slave during that time!
Is our only desire in seasons of waiting and trial to escape? Or do we desire the Lord to produce in us that which is “more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire”? (1 Peter 1:7, ESV)
Father, I confess that my priorities are often upside down. I, at times, esteem comfort and pleasure above all things. Help me to see that relief from my trials brings only temporary pleasure, but strong faith will carry me all the way home to You. Help me to remember that You “reward those who seek You" everyday.
To read more of God’s promises, read this.
Take some time to read through Joseph’s story once more. You may already be familiar with it, but sometime this week, spend some time reading about Joseph and paying close attention to how he lived out his faith. Remember that we are not promised the kingdom of Egypt, but the Kingdom of heaven. Think about how hard it would have been to trust that God is good, and that He keeps His promises.
How do you deal with adversity?