Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews:10:23-25
The writer of Hebrews is exhorting Jewish believers not to withdraw from fellowship as persecution against them increases. The instruction here is that they need to be there for each other as the times become more difficult. Having just spent two weeks in England, I got a glimpse of some aspects of what the writer of Hebrews was addressing. What was once an empire where the sun never set is now a land that is shrouded in spiritual darkness.
Nevertheless, the flame (of God's truth) that English martyrs Ridley and Latimer hoped would not be extinguished continues to burn. I was greatly encouraged as I had wonderful fellowship with committed believers throughout the country. Although their numbers were not large, their zeal for the Word of God was tremendous. It reminded me once again of my similar experiences in Europe a few years ago—no matter how dark and turbulent the spiritual seas become, God has His remnant-manned lighthouses and safe harbors. "As we see the day approaching" in this country, I pray that we will continue to encourage one another in our commitment to Jesus through the fellowship we have in His name.