You have need of endurance…Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. – Hebrews 10:36, 38 NKJV
In the face of challenges, some are filled with confidence and faith, ready to go forward. But others retreat. The Bible warns us against a tendency described as drawing back. The picture is of a person who retreats, anxious and afraid, timid and hesitant.
Just like a ship on the sea without wind, if we don’t see results, we can be tempted to “lower our sails.” We can be tempted to give up, stop trying, and act as if we do not really believe or trust God. We can be tempted not to act in faith and obedience.
Instead, we need to continue living by faith, to make a habit of obeying God’s Word and keep on obeying. We need to know His promises and keep believing them, even if we don’t immediately see results, to endure and be patient in every situation, and not to change course.
The Bible, in fact, warns of serious consequences if we “draw back.” God has “no pleasure” in those who act this way. These people allow doubt to control their minds and hearts.
The Bible warns that those who doubt should not expect to “receive anything from the Lord.” Why? Because they are like “a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8). Instead, we are to “live by faith.”
Even when you don’t see immediate results, don’t give up or draw back. Persevere. Believe. Continue to live boldly by faith.
PrayerFather, forgive me for allowing doubt to enter my mind. Help me act with greater boldness. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingHebrews 10