… so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. – Hebrews 6:18
The freshness of a new year strikes excitement, hope, anticipation for what is to come. A clean slate, so to speak, of twelve blank, unwritten months.
Like the pristine snow outside my window, newness abounds. But honestly, I’m still slogging through the sludge of last year’s struggles—waiting on healing from long COVID and anxiety, which has left me physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.
Yes, a new year is here, but how do we move into it when we feel like there hasn’t been a dividing mark between seasons, when the days and weeks have rolled into one another without much change? How do we mark this new year as potential for possibility when the circumstances around us say same old, same old?
When things have yet to alter, a different perspective makes a difference. Let’s look at two unchangeable things that God guaranteed for us: His purpose and His oath.
God, in His certainty, says to our hearts: “Wait patiently, surely I will bless you and multiply you.” (Heb. 6:14)
God took an oath upon Himself, since there was no one greater to covenant with, that what He professed would come to be in the life of His servant Abraham, who waited decades for a promised son to start the Israelite lineage.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:17-20)
God, in His greatness and mercy, gave us this passage to show how solid His purpose for our lives is. God not only has His best invested towards us, but He wants us to know this as we run to refuge in Him, so He double marked it with an oath from Himself.
This means God guarantees His faithfulness in our lives. Period.
Honored to be over at Proverbs 31 again chatting about two unchangeable things I’ve found to be true of God in the midst of difficulty. Would you join me there to see how God is working while we wait?
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