“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:15, NIV)
The profound implication is this: God will always offer the grace we need in any tribulation or tragedy not to become bitter, but if we miss it or refuse it, bitterness can become so deeply rooted that many are defiled.
A war is raging in the heavenlies. Glory is at stake. You will not miss the test. None of us will. But will you miss the grace when the test comes? Keep drinking deeply and daily from the wellspring of God’s grace. Form the habit of living on it so that you’ll not be tempted to do otherwise when the suffering comes.
One day we’ll understand, and until then, we must trust. Keep exposing yourself. Keep offering God your all. Go as far out on the limb as you can. Christ is the Branch that no one can cut out from under you.
(from Voices of the Faithful compiled by Kim P. Davis, pages 110, 111)