In preparing to write on this passage I began to let it soak. I took it verse by verse and I really encourage you to do the same. It is really simple but powerful and speaks into living a thankful and hope-filled lifestyle.
This passage is one that should be held close to us. It is one that I think we should use to practically help encourage us to press in and actively let the gospel speak to us daily. The first verse is my favorite. "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." I think this part says it all. We have to actively choose to let the gospel give us hope. All throughout the bible God says: "have hope. I know you. I saved the world. I will take care of you." Yet I forget almost everyday. He is faithful and He is hope. We’re a forgetful people whose hope too often fades. This is why we so desperately need to hear the gospel proclaimed so often. My challenge to you right now is to stop reading and ask God for hope in Him. We are to be desperate for Him and put our hope completely in Him. Ask God to reveal the gospel to you. What He did and who He is. I think reflecting on that is really all need and if that's all you get from this blog that's more than enough.
I also love the second part of this passage. God gave us each other so that when we struggled to seek Him or when needed encouragement we had a support system. What's really cool is that you're in the perfect position to do that now. Seek out others. I challenge you to use others around you. If you have community, be vulnerable with and encourage one another. I think so often we let the fear of rejection keep us from be honest with others or telling others what we think they do well. Anytime that I have pushed past the fear I have experienced more of what God has for me. Sometimes God likes to use others to show us Himself because that's the only way we'll see Him.
My prayer for you is to soak and reflect on God's promises. Sometimes I even write them down. God is faithful, God wants to provide for me, etc... My prayer for you is that you never let yourself be numb to the gospel. I think all of these things are crucial to staying connected with God and letting Him transform your thoughts.
- Laura Lewis