“Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation.” (Hebrews 13:22)
The author uses the concept of God’s help extended toward His people in this key verse from the book of Hebrews. The word translated “urge” and “exhortation” are forms of the same word. It speaks of one coming alongside to embolden others to meet some difficult situation with courage and confidence.
This is exactly what the author was seeking to do by writing this letter. The author wanted to share God’s truth with those who were facing particularly difficult circumstances. You and I have the opportunity to share God’s truth to encourage those around us. Let others around you know that you are thinking of them and that we are in this together. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) We have the power through our words to speak death or life into others’ lives and life’s situations. Followers of Jesus Christ should always be speaking life not death into the world. And if others are speaking death rather than life to you, do not receive it or accept it. Shake it off and keep on keeping on.
God wants us to help others, but He first sent the ultimate help into our lives. The same word used in Hebrews 13:22 is used to describe the presence and person of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jesus said, “Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate – to be with you forever.” (John 14:16) God Himself has come to be our supernatural helper, encourager, exhorter. When we open ourselves up to the ministry of the Holy Spirit we will possess all the help we need no matter what our circumstances.
And Jesus adds that the Holy Spirit will be with us forever. He’s so close and near that He lives within us. He is with us today and everyday. Let’s be in touch and in tune with the Spirit. God’s help is unlike any other for it is supernatural in nature. God’s Helper who lives within us enables us to navigate and negotiate the most difficult and challenging of circumstances.
“Who led them through the deep water? Like a horse running flat land, they did not stumble. Like an animal that goes down into a valley to graze, so the Spirit of the Lord granted them rest.” (Isaiah 63:13-14) Rest in God’s Spirit today!