Our God did not forsake us.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. § If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
The Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
The Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. § Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. § Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.
Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.
Ezra 9:9; 1 Peter 4:12; Heb. 12:7–8;
Deut. 13:3; 1 Sam. 12:22; Isa. 49:15; Ps. 146:5; Luke 18:7–8
He who overcomes shall inherit all things.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. § Now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. § An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
All things are yours: whether … the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. § “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.
Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. § Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Rev. 21:7; 1 Cor. 15:19; Heb. 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4;
1 Cor. 3:21–22; 2:9–10; 2 John 1:8; Heb. 12:1