Walking Away From The Faith

Hebrews 10:38-39 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (KJV).

Looking at this verse, we see a very grim future for those who quit. Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 8:10, tells of those who walked away from the place of the holy. They “cut and run.” The key to understanding our text here is in the meaning of the words. First, we are to live by faith, or trust in God. The words “draw back” tell of someone who shrinks back or withdraws, one who recoils from something, one who backs out of a position or belief he or she once held. The word “perdition” describes something that has gone rotten or gotten ruined. Have you ever reached into a bag of potatoes or apples that had been sitting around for a long time and picked up one that was rotten and spoiled? What a strange feeling. The word “perdition” also describes the stench of a decaying animal, the loathsome odor emanating from it. One whiff and you get a sick feeling in your stomach. This is what the writer of the book of Hebrews says happens to one who walks away from trusting in God. In Hebrews 10:36, the writer tells of the need for patience. Many have a lack of patience, or no staying power, no power to wait for God to answer their prayers. So they draw back and say, “Where was God when I needed Him?” Saints, however long it takes for God to answer your prayer, never lose your faith. The day your vision dies is the day your joy disappears. It’s the day that your life begins its rotting process. Bitterness does it. The result is “perdition,” or a stinking mess, if you let go of the word of God. If you let go of your trust in God, your life will start emanating an awful stink. I sense that someone is thinking of drawing back. Turn around now.

Pastor George Belobaba

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