Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT),
Healing came slow those long months, and I know that isn’t the most encouraging thing to hear. But things did change when I committed to the healing process God’s way instead of shortcutting my way out. It will take time, but that’s where the message of Hebrews 10 steps in for encouragement. It’s one of my favorite verses and has sustained me through some pretty challenging seasons in life.
Perseverance is a must have on the journey to complete healing. It means getting out of bed in the morning, going to work and making it through the day, one day at a time. It means doing those things you don’t feel like doing, like worship and prayer. Perseverance is trusting that God has a purpose for you and will be with you. If you can persevere through the grief and pain, you’ll come out on the other end with a great reward. You’ll be more mature, abounding in faith, and better equipped to minister to others out of your own story. Furthermore, you will receive an eternal reward that can’t be bought with the shortcuts of this world.
I have never observed this more than in my own brother’s life. Zach was in a very serious relationship with his high school sweetheart and the week he was to propose, they discovered she was pregnant weeks after their own failure. Within days, his girlfriend broke up with him and Zach went into the hardest season of his life. For months, Zach heard nothing about his child and he missed his great love deeply. However, people began to notice a resilience and faith in Zach that shouted the goodness of God. In fact, many were ministered to, including me, as a result of the fruit bearing in his life. Zach chose to persevere through his storm and seek proper healing. Thankfully, God restored that relationship and now they have a wonderful, happy family.
As someone who pursued healing from this world, I can tell you it doesn’t work. Some things may mask the pain temporarily, but they will never allow you to heal. Only God can, and I hope you’ll pursue the road less traveled for the only healing that will restore you. Make a commitment each day to pursue God’s way of healing, which reaches the depths of your soul and replaces the pain with peace.
This completes our series on healing and I hope God has used it to minister to you in deep and profound ways. Please don't hesitate to share your story and how God used this series with me through the contact page because I'd love to hear! Also, please share with your friends and family because we all go through our seasons.
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Are you needing a boost to keep persevering today? Pray Hebrews 10:35-36 over you and ask God to give you the strength and determination to move forward.