Devotional For May 30, 2024

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭12‬

At the conclusion of the Beatitudes, Jesus speaks about the blessings that come to those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. This verse calls us to a radical response—rejoicing in the face of persecution. It seems counterintuitive to rejoice when we are mistreated or suffer for our faith. However, Jesus provides a perspective that transcends our immediate circumstances.

The call to “rejoice and be exceedingly glad” is rooted in the assurance of a “great reward in heaven.” This promise shifts our focus from earthly suffering to eternal joy. The temporary trials we endure are not in vain; they are seen by God and will be rewarded. This perspective allows us to endure hardship with hope and even joy.

When you face persecution or hardship for your faith, remember that your suffering has eternal significance. Focus on the reward that awaits you in heaven rather than the pain of the present moment.

Support your fellow believers who are experiencing persecution. Share words of encouragement, pray for them, and stand with them in their trials.


Lord, thank You for the promise of a great reward in heaven. Help me to rejoice and be exceedingly glad even in the face of persecution. Strengthen my faith and give me the courage to stand firm. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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