Some days we need to hold on to the promise that it will get better.
To this Church of Pergamum Jesus has told them to deal with the corruption of idolatry and now He tells them what their reward will be.
Whatever the hostile environment you find yourself in today here is the verse for you:
Hold on, resist the pressure to give up and I will come to you.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” (Revelation 2 v 17)
- I will provide for you. When you think you won’t make it; when there doesn’t seem to be any let-up from this pressure you are under; when it gets too much, remember the hidden manna. We all know the story of the divine bread falling from heaven. Jesus is saying I still do this.
- I will open the way for you. Sometimes used as inscriptions on buildings; or entrance tokens for events and even for jurors who either acquit (white) or condemn (black), remember the white stone. Jesus says I will hand you the white stone and it will declare and direct you into your new season.
- I will give you purpose. The Old Testament we see how new names were given to associate that person with a new day. A new identity for a new beginning. Have you known a friend who is starting a new chapter, perhaps a new job or a new place to live etc. The sense of purpose is refreshing. Jesus says I will do that for you.
Hold on to the promises as you clear out the idolatry. That’s the message.