Thursday, July 2, 2015
Encouragement for the Hard-Pressed
Jude 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Living as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ has never just been “easy.” In the first century Christ-followers were viewed as radical people. This closing benediction is a reminder and an encouragement for those who are living hard-pressed in ways which are counter-cultural. It is a triumphant response that reminds us that God is still on the throne and empowers us through the Holy Spirit to stand firm in our faith.
This encouragement is for today, for we all come to those moments when we feel hard-pressed. The sources of the pressure may vary greatly but when we stand with God, he empowers us. This happens as we turn our faces toward him, praising and worshiping God on high. He is the only one who is worthy of “glory, majesty, power, and authority.” He has already been at work, will continue to work in and through us and those to come for all eternity. He is our great God and he encourages us today when we are hard-pressed. Let us worship and praise him.
Lord, thank you for your encouragement. Amen.