Expecting the Best from God
From the letter to the Hebrews we are challenged to accept what God is giving us. “What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet.” (Heb. 2: 6-7).
“In subjecting all things to him, he left nothing not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see all things subject to him, but we do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, he who for a little while was made lower than the angels, that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (Heb.2: 8-9).
An exhortation on man relating to the very sacrifice Jesus took upon himself as the one who would become like us in all things except sin. The very gift from God for the expiation of our sins. Does this open for us the essence of God’s mercy on us, as unworthy as we are? The best from God becomes an invisible entity that is hidden because of the stubbornness inherent to humanity. It in fact does open a path for our acceptance of God’s gift of His Only Son.
How often will you or I continue walking in the direction of disobedience knowing that Jesus’ sacrifice was for us alone and is the best that God could do? Just for a moment look at the current status of our lives and reflect on the willful intent that we all are subject to allowing, if not careful, to begin sliding in a direction we may not be able to stop.
Unfortunately when a crisis appears and our strength to accept the results of unreasonable outcomes will tax the faith we may temporarily lose we will need more than at any other time our expectation of the very best from God.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” (Heb. 12: 1-2).
Sin may become the very essence of discouragement and looking to the example of Jesus during his ministry do not forget how he confronted his adversaries: “My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.” (Heb. 12: 5).
Ralph B. Hathaway, The Best from God!