Consider Him That Endured
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:3
We are inundated with people talking constantly, especially if we listen to the radio or watch the 24/7 news broadcasts. Talk shows are aptly named because they are nonstop in their promulgation of what is represented as news, but in most instances it is just opinion, propaganda, wild rhetoric and sensationalism. Not all are guilty of this but all have an agenda to fulfill.
Little to none of it is edifying to the soul. Indeed nearly all of it is debilitating to the mind, the soul and the spirit. As more and more airtime is given to bashing Christian thought and to the unchecked offensive discourse against the Judeo-Christian heritage of the nation’s founding, the more wearing it becomes to those who are believers in Jesus Christ and have put their faith in Him for salvation and eternal life with God.
In the days of Lot, the nephew of Abraham, the culture was so corrupt that it was described as vexing the soul of righteous Lot.
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: but chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” 2 Peter 2:4-10
Living godly in an ungodly world is not easy. The constant barrage of negativism, cynicism, pessimism and criticism, not to mention threats and violence against the Spirit of God, in the people of God, can take its toll on our minds, so much so that we can be on the brink of fainting; not just passing out, but fainting in the sense of utter loss of facility to respond to the threats and violence, a sense of utter powerlessness and helplessness in the face of them.
So, we are given forewarning in the Scriptures, to consider Jesus in all these things. Consider Him, Who endured in the face of overwhelming opposition and at no time did He compromise or soften His message to be inoffensive to those offended by His Word. He stood firm in the truth, endured their attacks, understanding them for what they were, the ignorant raging of those who knew not what they were doing.
The same Spirit that empowered Him to endure and gain the victory is the same Spirit that dwells in us now, because He has overcome and prevailed against sin.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9