Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another on to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb. 10:23-25
Lord Jesus, two things stand out in this remarkable passage. We’re called to a lifestyle of hope and encouraging each other. Help us to do both with fierce joy and unrelenting tenacity.
Because of your empty tomb and occupied throne, we can live with unshakable hope in a very “shaky” world. Indeed, we live by faith in you—not by trusting in pollsters, politicians, and possessions—and other forms of “chariots and horses” (Psalm 20:7).
And because the Day of all things new is “drawing near” (Rev. 21:1-5), we don’t have to worry about tomorrow today. We can live this October Wednesday with a core of peace and a heart of kindness.
So help us be regular and robust in bringing encouragement to each other. Encouragement is always important, but never more so than today. For ours is a day of COVID-fatigue and unprecedented divisiveness, mounting stress and multi-cause duress.
Jesus, we purpose to rest in your love, trust in your sovereignty, and love to your glory. So very Amen we pray, in your grace-full and faithful name.