1st August 2020
'hold unswervingly to the hope'
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10;23 (NIV)
If you have been feeling that life had been uncomfortable
and unfamiliar in the last few months,
if you've wondered where God has been in all this,
and if you've struggled to find anything kind of normality;
you are not alone.
Life has felt hard and ever changing
and there is a fear in many of us that we will ever feel normal again,
and what is 'normal' anyway?
The circumstances, pain, disorder, loss the world has experienced
in recent months have left many of us uncertain
and wondering what has happened to God's plan for goodness.
We find ourselves falsely believing that
'what we see is what we should feel'.
When we see gloom, we feel gloom;
when we see hopelessness, we feel hopeless.
The letter to the Hebrews was written to be a source of encouragement
for the Jews in Jerusalem who experienced persecution
for their belief in God.
Their faith had flipped upside down,
and nothing felt normal to them either.
They were craving God's familiar faithfulness,
and the writer of this verse is trying to remind them
that God was with them, and he is faithful.
Every hard thing we will walk through on this earth,
there's someone who walked through it before us.
As we study the Bible we see the wisdom,
encouragement and truth which applies to us today.
Tucked into Hebrews 10:23 is the promise
of God's familiar faithfulness - both then and today.
Seasons come and go, life goes on,
but his familiar faithfulness remains.
Life's path will twist and turn,
but we can always see that faithfulness if we look for it.
We will question and wonder, but our doubts don't change
his faithfulness although they may try to mask it.
God cannot lie,
he never forgets his Word,
he has never failed anyone
with the fulfilment of his promises.
Jesus' death and resurrection never stopped existing.
It's up to us to look for God's faithfulness
when times feel uncomfortable,
unfamiliar and ever-changing.
Every day let us be optimistic and hopeful
that there's always something new we will experience with God;
because we are the ones who are changing,
growing, maturing and, hopefully,
becoming more like him each day.
Yes, we all have faith struggles from time to time.
Thankfully, the writer of Hebrews was willing
to prompt us about how much we need
to be reminded of God's faithfulness.
The willingness to write the words that speak faith
into our hearts today is something we can hold on to.
May we do the same for others around us.
Jesus is worth all our trust and devotion,
let us ask him to give us the confidence
to remind others of his faithfulness and love.