During a seemingly bad situation, it’s hard to see the better. Seeing the better in the situation or in those around us is hard. I’m not talking about wishful thinking or silver linings. Like, when sick, thinking, “oh, I’ll get better in four days” or “at least I’m not dead!”.
“Better” is a comparison word. It only works when it’s put up against something else. That’s important.
The writer to the Hebrews wrote to believers who were going through a rough patch. To fix their situation, some thought they needed to jump ship. Some stopped coming together (Hebrews 10:25). Some probably feared to suffer (Hebrews 12:4). All of them needed encouragement (Hebrews 13:22) to stand firm (Hebrews 12:12). They needed this letter where the author pits the choices against each other to show the better.
Not a better imaginable situation. Not a silver lining. Rather a re-aligning of their thinking.