Hebrews 13 contains a couple gems among a list of things the writer gives us as do’s and don’ts. Let’s look at the exhortations first:
– “Let brotherly love continue
– Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers
– Remember those who are in prison….and those who are mistreated
– Let marriage be held in honor
– your life free from love of money
– be content with what you have
– Remember your leaders
– continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God
– Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have
– Obey your leaders and submit to them
– Pray for us”
The list is very direct and contains instructions on a number of areas that we need to listen and pay attention to.
Buried amongst the list above is a couple promises we need to catch. First we are told “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. That is one we need to cling tightly to. We are not on our own. We have a ever present God who will not abandon us. We are His – bought with a price – and He promises to be with us always. That allows us to say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Have you considered that truth? We have a helper who will be with us and beside us constantly. Man cannot do anything to us that will cause any issues. Even if we are killed by man – we still have no reason to fear. God is our helper and protects us!
But here is the clincher and one of my all-time favorite promises. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”. Have you pondered this one before? There is no other thing that can say this – that it is the same forever. Only Jesus Christ our Lord. He never changes. He is the one constant we can cling to. It is an amazing truth – one that allows us to know where stability is – and the One we can latch on to for eternity. Jesus never changes. I claim this promise over and over again – and because of His being a rock that never moves – we can hold on tight and know that things will be ok. Jesus is our Rock and our Redeemer. Hold on to Him tightly!