|scripture reading:||2 Corinthians 11:22–28|
|key verses:||John 10:27–28|
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
The young convert shook his head in disbelief. He thought becoming a Christian would somehow inoculate him from future trouble. Christianity does not provide immunity from heartache and trouble. However, in the heartache, God promises never to leave us. His protection and wisdom are available to all who are His. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27–28 nasb).
In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul provided an extensive list of the personal trials he faced as a result of his love for Christ. Several times he was beaten to the point of death. Many times he was rejected and ridiculed for his desire to further the kingdom of God.
What was the driving force behind his life? What kept Paul from giving up? A passion for God—the very thing that sustains you when fear and adversity threaten your existence.
A passion for God goes beyond fondness. It is a love for God that is constant, regardless of circumstances. With a passion for God you never want to walk away from what God has given you to do. But if you should, you know you can come home because God has a passion for you, and God’s love never grows cold.
O Lord, give me a passion for You and Your purposes. Let it burn within me. May its flame never grow dim.