June 21 | Revelation 2:10
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
It’s hard for us to endure suffering and stick it out to the end. Often we give up right before the victory. Thomas Fuller wrote, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” In the middle of trials and suffering we have no idea when the dawn will break.
When Jesus spoke to the second church in Revelation he didn’t have anything bad to say about them. But he warned them that they would suffer tribulation for ten days in prison.
These Christians were suffering under tribulation and poverty but were rich in Jesus. They were living out their faith with extraordinary perseverance. His grace was sufficient for them.
We live in an unprecedented time in history. Persecution and suffering are coming our way and you must remain faithful to Christ. Jesus has already warned you of what is coming before his return.
Even physical death in this world is nothing compared to Jesus’ glory and the privilege of suffering for him. He gives us the crown of life, the eternal life we have in him despite our circumstances. When we suffer for him we will not be hurt by the second death, eternal separation from him.
Action Step: Stand firm in the suffering you face. Don’t give in before the dawn comes. Jesus gives you the strength to face your trials with his grace.
Lord Jesus, I am suffering for you. But I stand firm in your peace and power. Continue to fill me with your Spirit and presence so I can stay strong until the end. Even so, Lord, come now.