Hebrews 10:23 – 25
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)
In North America and other parts of the world today, we are living in what is called a “post-Christian” culture. More and more people are rejecting Christianity and the church and saying they have no religion. It is discouraging to see people leaving the faith, and the pressures to conform to a faithless culture seems to be increasing all the time.
The author of Hebrews gives us a different perspective. As we hear about Jesus, what he has accomplished for us, and his superiority over everything, how can we not be encouraged in our faith? But the pressures and challenges of an unbelieving culture remain ours to struggle with.
Today’s text reminds us and encourages us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” – or just to keep going! Even if we experience despair and discouragement, we are encouraged to hold tightly to the one who is faithful. All other things may fail us, but Jesus is faithful. His promises are true. Even when we experience discouragement and despair, he is faithful, and we need to just keep going.
Let us continue to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Let us continue to encourage each other to keep going, even if times are tough. We do not trust in one who is unreliable; we trust in the one who is faithful. Let us continue to be encouraged and to encourage one another in the Lord
Lord God, thank you for being faithful. Help us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess” in you. Amen