Day 3

Faithful As a Son

from the Hebrews reading plan

Hebrews 3:1-6, Isaiah 9:6-7, John 3:16-21, Romans 11:1-6

BY Yana Conner

One of my favorite songs to sing out loud to the Lord as a love song is “Who Would’ve Thought” by Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Winans. Not only does their good singing make me immediately want to get out of my seat and dance, but the lyrics send me swooning. In the song, McClurkin and Winans reflect on how their current relationship with God has surpassed anything they could’ve hoped for or imagined, belting out with joy, “Who would’ve thought I’d know [God] this way?” 

I think this song resonates with me because my initial view of God was Him as a judge keeping a ledger of all my sin. A stuffy old guy with glasses hanging from the end of His nose, judging my every move. However, with time (and a lot of discipleship), this caricature of God was replaced with a better one—Father. I sincerely never thought it was possible to know God this way.

I imagine the Israelites never thought this kind of relationship with God was possible. Their real-life picture of God was Him in a tent, among them but also set apart and only accessible to a select group of people, the Levites. Though God was committed to them, there were limits surrounding their access to Him because of His holiness. They could only come so close, and even then, they needed a mediator and atoning sacrifice. To them, and rightly so, God was primarily the Holy One to be feared and revered with great honor. 

But then Christ enters the story. He became the mediator and atoning sacrifice we all need to have direct relational access to God. Access that allows us to not only experience God as a holy judge, but also as a Father. 

In today’s reading, the author of Hebrews invites his brothers and sisters, tempted to abandon their new relationship with God through Christ, to reconsider. He’s like, “sure, reverting to Judaism would potentially make your life better, allowing you to get your old job back and freeing you from the constant fear of losing your home or, worse, your lives. But, consider what you would be giving up—knowing God as Father! How can you turn back to your old way of being with God after coming to know Him this way?”

Hardship is a funny thing. It can cause a person to lose all of their sensibilities and reach out for any means of comfort before counting up the cost, forgetting who they are and to whom they belong. It can even cause them to consider giving up the best thing that has ever happened to them. 

Been there? When we find ourselves in these moments, considering turning back to old ways for comfort and relief, we need to follow the author’s command and make Jesus the object of our consideration, not our circumstances. Only in considering what He has done for us will we find the strength to persevere. Only in remembering that He has brought us into God’s household as daughters will we not behave as orphans, seeking our own means of deliverance. Only in fixing our eyes on Jesus will we receive the rest that comes with being God’s children under His care.

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69 thoughts on "Faithful As a Son"

  1. Mercy says:

    Hardship is a funny thing. I agree. It is a thing God often uses lol. I remember one time in prayer, I had a long conversation with God, asking Him why Lord, why pain, why lingering pain for months and years Lord? He asked me, does it hurt? I said of course Lord, you know how much it hurt me. And He said, it’s not supposed to hurt you, because you’re supposed to be dead. Dead people don’t feel pain, pain shows that you’re still alive. Oh boy. Isn’t God so bluntly honest and truthful? He would not sugar coat. Yes, I am supposed to be dead to the mocking, to the opinions, to my own life or resources, if someone steals from me, it’s not supposed to hurt because I will get it back for the Lord will defend and restore for me. Just simple reminders you know that God shows me, why are you still alive and suffering pain? Die to self, lose your life, you know you will take it back, just like Jesus did. Hardship is a funny thing. Sometimes excruciating. It’s like an X-ray seeing through us. Hardship is like surgeries revealing hidden things. May God give us the grace.

    @Lexi B, I am praying for you. You are so talented and I am just thrilled whenever you share your journey. I believe God is challenging you even more now with risk taking, and it’s like stepping out of the boat into the water which you can sink, OR you can get amazed realizing you can walk on the water through His enabling. I read a book recently from an author who also stepped out to be a woman entrepreneur, after 4 years, she made it so big, and her advice was very similar to the Christian concept (some of it), seek guidance from within from the still small voice and surrendering, very interesting to me. She said, If you are a boss, who would you seek guidance and directions? You must learn to listen to the still small voice to go left and right. Just like the verse in Isaiah (and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”- Isaiah 30:21). I personally followed this voice/God’s direction when choosing a dentist, which neighborhood to live, schools to enroll my kids, etc., very practical directions I have sought and have been answered. She said if you want to have a self therapy, run a business and you will learn all things you need to know about yourself, all the uglies, and you will deal with it quick- so daring isn’t it (the book is called How to start your business on your kitchen table-by Shann Nix Jones). Fear not. Just believe. The journey will be your teacher. And of course the Holy Spirit Himself who is the Teacher and Guidance for all your steps.

  2. Susan Lincks says:

    Jesus is everything.

  3. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I want to be faithful in my calling as Jesus was faithful. I pray that I would walk in the identity that God has spoken over me as a daughter of his. I pray that would be my most important identity.

  4. Audren Bruszer says:

    Thank you for praying for us all, it really touched my heart ❤️

  5. Audren Bruszer says:

    I loooved that excerpt from Isaiah in today’s reading! It reminded me of who Jesus is, because I (unfortunately) naturally see God as a policy enforcer, and our relationship happened because of a policy He promised. So the whole thing is a transaction. When in reality that is the farthest from what a relationship with Him actually is ❤️

  6. Aussielain says:

    “Only in remembering that He has brought us into God’s household as daughters will we not behave as orphans, seeking our own means of deliverance” ouch!! That REALLY hit home to me today. By not turning yo our heavenly Father for help on time of struggle we are behaving as if we have no Father. Lots to ponder on there…….

  7. Lauren GW says:

    Oooh….this hit hard today. It’s been a really really difficult 2-3 years now. I think initially in the hardship, I was better at reaching towards Jesus. Now, as I grow weary and cynical of the struggle, I still do a few things to turn to Jesus (like this devotional), but I have definitely reached towards other means of comfort more- food, TV, trying to control my routine, my environment, my circumstances. Lord help me to reach to you more!!

  8. Dorothy says:

    Lord as I look around at the world and the struggles going on mine seem so small. But I know to You Lord all are the same and if I ask You will help. I ask You to help me with my upcoming move. I also ask You be with all my She Reads Truth sisters and their struggles, problems, joys and sorrows. In Christ’s name amen.

    Sisters, be blessed and reach out to God with your needs.

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