“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (Hebrews 10:32-39 ESV)
“…This passage reminds us that there are the occasions that make us rise up in our faith and character. It is when supports are stripped away that we find out what our faith is really made of. In this sense we should view trials as opportunities to glorify the Lord, as positive challenges to bring out and display our faith in God. The times we will remember are the times of difficulty when God proved himself to our faith. These are the things our children will remember from their childhood in the church. Whenever we face real trouble, we should endeavor to mine out treasures for future, which is just what the writer does. He wants his readers to remember what Christians can do through faith, what they had been able to do in an earlier trial, and how sufficient is God’s grace for those who look to him in trouble …” (Richard Phillips, Hebrews: Reformed Expository Commentary, 381).