And we are God’s house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. (Heb 3:6)
I just finished reading Deuteronomy and the final words from God that Moses gave to the Israelites. Now I am looking at Hebrews 3, which compares Christ to Moses. Just as Moses was a leader over God’s house, His people, Jesus is now the leader over God’s people today. And Christ is greater than Moses, because Jesus isn’t just the leader, he helped create the house, he drew people to Him and transformed their souls.
The whole chapter of Hebrews 3 addresses the situation of how the Israelites lost faith when they came to Canaan because the city and people were so intimidating. God called it a sinful and unbelieving heart. So this part of Hebrews was written to remind us not to be like the Israelites.
First, as in the verse above, we are to hold firmly, “katecho.” One of the definitions of katecho is to keep a ship going in a direction. I cannot let the wind and waves, the storms of life, get me off track. I must hold tenaciously to my goals for Christ.
Second, we are to remain confident. The word that is translated “confidence” here carries the connotation of boldness and courage. It is used to describe how people would proclaim things openly and publicly. It is also used to describe Peter when he started his ministry, “When they saw the courage (boldness) of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13) and then later when they prayed for boldness, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4:29)
So the confidence I need to have is not a quiet assurance. I am tempted to say I am a Christian and I can keep it on the lowdown if I so choose. But this word implies being so sure about Christ that I will speak out without fear, that I must speak out. The whole world, all of life, is about Him. When He is with me, I can do it. If I have niggling doubts, if I give into shrinking back because a situation is challenging, I begin to lose faith. No matter what the situation, I must maintain the course of speaking out boldly that God will prevail. “And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us.” (Numbers 14:9)
Third, we are to boast, glory, in our hope in Christ. Although I am going through trials today, I need to rejoice that His grace will be sufficient to get me through, that he is with me always, that he wants to graciously give me all things, that there will be a way out. He is my HOPE, the best thing that I have in the midst of my trials!
So I need to see to it that I do not have a sinful and unbelieving heart. I cannot allow myself to give into the fears. Not only is this unfaithful, it is sinful, evil. I am not saying that, God did. It is evil to get discouraged. It is sinful to lose heart because of what is going on with me, or the people around me.
So as it is fresh in my mind the huge scope of God’s plan that was revealed in Deuteronomy, I think of how Israel was God’s portion, His treasured possession, a people holy to himself. God allowed the Israelites to go to Egypt and suffer as slaves, but through that they became a great nation, and God’s greatness was shown in bringing them out of Egypt. God planned to open the heavens and pour his blessings on them, if only they would be true to Him. And part of being true to Him was believing that He was with them, so they could go into battle and prevail.
As I was advising someone yesterday, we cannot put our eyes on man and his shortcomings to find faith. We fix our eyes on Jesus. Let me fix my eyes on Jesus today, and put my hand to the rudder and not let my trials or fears blow me off course. Let me speak and act with boldness. Christ is with me. I CAN do it. The situation will work out. Each place is the place I am meant to be so I must confidently open my mouth, confidently step out.
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.” Joshua 1:5