The recipients of the letter to the Hebrews in our New Testament were struggling with doubt—doubting that the choice they had made to follow Christ was the right thing to do. Thus, the writer repeatedly encouraged them to hang on to their “confidence.”
He emphasized “the beginning” of their “confidence” (Heb. 3:14). They were converted to Christ because they were absolutely convinced of the evidence for the deity of Christ and their need to submit to Him. Rather than waver or weaken, that confidence needed to grow and strengthen.
He emphasized “the end” of their confidence. These Christians were charged to “hold fast the confidence…firm to the end” (3:6) and “steadfast to the end” (3:14), with “the full assurance of hope until the end” (6:11), for he told them that “your confidence…has great reward” (10:35).
There may be times in our lives when we struggle with doubt. Let us go back to “the beginning” of our confidence,” strengthen it, hold fast to it, and look forward to the “reward” at the end of it.