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  • Writer's pictureBro. Rocky

(Note: This is a guest post from Renee' Hall. Be sure to let her know how this encouraged you!)

I look around and see families doing happy things together during the pandemic. They are cooking and eating as families, using the time to play outside together, reading books, and going on scavenger hunts. Some do this as part of their normal lives. But some have been ‘forced’ to do this but have taken advantage and used the time to reconnect and restore what has been lost in our fast-paced living.

Be thankful in all things.

On the other side, businesses are failing as there is no source of income due to mandatory closings. Families are suffering for so many reasons - no money for rent and food, single parents that can still work but have no childcare, moms and dads who have no patience for homeschool. People approaching retirement are watching their life savings dwindle as the stock market has record breaking lows. Couples are challenged because they have forgotten what it is like to communicate with each other and are now forced to “shelter in place” and spend time together.

Be thankful in all things. God’s word tells us to be thankful.

Colossians 3:15-17 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Let us be thankful for this pandemic. Let us hope that we can always remember how we used it to spend quality time with our families or how we used it to restore relationships.

God’s plan is always the best for us. Even when we can’t see it, and when we can’t figure it out, He knows.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.

  • Writer's pictureBro. Rocky

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

  • Writer's pictureBro. Rocky

When we come to Hebrews 3, the author of Hebrews is preaching by pen on Psalm 95. He is exalting Jesus as more faithful than Moses who was faithful as a servant in the household of God. Jesus, however, was faithful as a Son over God's house, and we Christians are that house "if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end," (v. 6).

The opposite of holding fast and keeping firm to the end was that rebellious generation that perished during Israel's wilderness wandering. Set free from Egyptian slavery, protected through the Red Sea, provided for in the wilderness, they still didn't trust God. They rebelled against Him. They preferred Egypt. They never entered the Promised Land. They did not hold fast. They did not keep firm until the end.

When I talk to Bro. Wayne on the phone, he always ends with two words, "Hold tight." That's the right advice when it comes to Jesus. We must hold fast to Him. We must keep our devotion to Him firm until the end. That's the admonition of Hebrews 3:12-13...

12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

That rebellious generation of Israelites that perished in the wilderness fell away because of their unbelieving hearts. We are to take care, to make sure, that doesn't happen to us. How? Notice v. 13, "...encourage one another day after day..." Encourage one another to do what? To keep following Jesus! To keep firm our commitment to Him until the end! To hold tight!

Being separated from one another as we are, we have to be very intentional about this. We used to receive that encouragement, that exhortation, just from seeing one another in church week after week. But now we must intentionally make a phone call, send a text message, shoot an email, hop on Zoom, write a letter, or send a card.

Who can you exhort or encourage this week?

How will you do it?

Write it down, and follow through.

Together, let's hold tight.

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