From Handbook to Scripture, Day 334
READING: HEBREWS 12
In this chapter, the readers of this epistle are encouraged to endure hardship and discipline for the sake of holiness, and they are warned not to refuse God during these difficult times.
The purpose for the careful exposition in Hebrews of the superiority of Christ’s person, priesthood, covenant, sanctuary, and sacrifice is to show the folly of moving away from the substance back to the shadow. The author sought to exhort his readers not to revert back to Judaism, and to encourage them to go on to maturity in Christ. As “strangers and exiles on the earth” (11:13), they must realize that their sufferings for Christ are part of God’s purpose, and that their heavenly Father disciplines them for their good, so that they may share His holiness.
Prayer: Lord, may I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles me, and may I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Meditation passage: verses 1–3, 11, 22–24, 28–29
Treasuring the Unseen and Not-Yet
Lord, why is it so much easier to pursue excellence in our work or in sports or in knowledge than it is to pursue greatness as You define it? Why do believers typically trust in You for their eternal destiny but trust in the world for everything else? Why do we treasure the temporal over the eternal and aspire to success in this life more than rewards in the next? I know that it takes risk and trust to desire the unseen and the not-yet more than the visible and the now. But You have exhorted us to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and not to be anxious about material things because You know our needs and will sustain us when we value You over them. May I pursue the pearl of great price and the treasure hidden in the field and give everything I have in exchange for that which Your Word proclaims will endure forever.
From Handbook to Renewal
My Relationship to God—Truthfulness and Prudence
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down into the innermost parts of the body. (Proverbs 18:8)
He who answers a matter before he hears, that is his folly and his shame. (Proverbs 18:13)
The tongue has the power of death and life, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, and it is better to be a poor man than a liar. (Proverbs 19:22)
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and the World > Relationship with the world system (world, flesh, and devil)
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (1 John 2:15–16)