The Testimony of the Saints
We Have Ammunition to Reject the Lie that We are Alone
We can Endure
And yet, as we run the Christian race and hear the temptation of the Devil that God would never forgive us for that sin, we look to our right and see King David who was forgiven of adultery and murder. And so we take on more step.
Still we long to give into a life filled with alcohol, clubs and shallow conversations, and yet we look to our left and see Moses who was given grace to walk out of a palace to go wander in a desert for forty years. And we take another step.
We are so fed up with the mundane daily grind of correcting our children, seeking to be content in God, and honor our bosses at work. Then, out of the corner of our eye we see Noah holding a sign that says, “Think your life is mundane? I built a boat in preparation for a flood that did not come until I was 600 years old.” After reading that poster we take several steps forward.
But then there is still that nagging feeling of rejection. And yet, through the crowd we see Joseph holding a picture of when his brothers sold him into slavery. “If the Lord can sustain him through that, then he surely can sustain my faith through what I’m feeling” we think as we take another step.
We can Fantasize about the Future
The believers in the Old Testament did not just loosen their grip on the things of this world, but instead they let go of something lesser only to hold more tightly onto something better. And their preoccupation with what they had taken hold of was what enabled them to endure. And so for us, let us follow in their example and let our daydreams be about the perfect city that awaits us all. When we do this, we will surely be able to endure.