Turbulent. Violently changeable. Ever shifting. Transient. Painfully finite and brief.
That’s what most things in this life are. “Most things”? We should likely say “all things”. It’s no secret that what we have and what we enjoy in this life can easily be taken away from us.
The writer of Hebrews is speaking to some who had experienced persecution, and can there be a more vivid example of good things being taken away than this? Property confiscated, freedom denied, loved ones snatched away – all endured by our brothers and sisters. Yet here’s what Paul says:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful…[You] joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting promises.
Their hope did not swerve and their contentment did not fade. Why? Because they were of that mythical and titanic society of Christians who seem especially powerful to us: the early church martyrs? NO! They were not different than you or I.
Friends, you and I both are able to have unswerving hope and contentment in the face of loss. And we may have it in the same way they did:
–Their hearts were fixed on the faithfulness of God.
–Their minds were convinced that God WILL give something better and lasting to those who persevere and love Him.
Their eyes were fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith.
THAT, friends, is how their hope did not swerve and their joy did not fade. Though everything else might be taken, who could take Christ from them? And who could keep the Lord Jesus from giving eternal possessions in paradise? No one!
Brothers and sisters, an unswerving hope comes from fixing our eyes on an unswerving Savior. Let all the world fall around us – our Lord will stand. Let everything we love be taken and hidden from my eyes – still our eyes may be fixed on Him who is over all, and through all, and in all.
Let this be in your bones today: Jesus will stand forever, His love for you will not diminish, and His promises will surely come. And may we hold unswervingly to this hope!