But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (Hebrews 10:39 ESV)
This scripture is telling us that those who shrink back from following Christ get destroyed. We are encouraged to have faith and preserve our souls. The only way to do this is to follow Christ at all cost – In plenty and hunger, poverty and wealth, sickness and health, sadness and joy.
God does not like the bad times but sometimes, we pass through difficulties as a result of inherited afflictions, trials, judgement or persecution.
In times like this, we must respond positively by seeking God’s help and grace but we must never give up or say it is God’s will. God does not enjoy evil or seeing people suffer.
All we need to do is be humble enough to wait upon Him and seek His face in prayer, obedience and worship. He wants absolute trust and dependence and as he sees our loving and positive response to difficulties, he steps in and rescues us.
We must not turn back but keep marching forward to spiritual maturity and heaven.