Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,~ Hebrews 12.1-2, ESV
let us also lay aside every weight,
and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus,
the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Witnesses are called on to testify in court to share what they’ve seen or heard. They are supposed to support or undermine the propositions presented in a case. A quality witness is reliable, truthful, and possesses useful information.
Hebrews 11 is a star witness list. These individuals showed the impact of faith in a God who is Himself faithful. These witnesses weren’t perfect people. In fact, the majority made some terrible mistakes in their lives. Their failures did not negate God’s faithfulness, but magnified His mercy, faithfulness, and love even more powerfully.
In this month’s scripture writing, we will write our way through Chapter 11 of Hebrews, concluding with the first two verses in Chapter 12. In between the verses, I’ve included scriptures from the lives of some of these individuals as a reminder of why they were commended or some other example that supports the Hebrew writer’s commendation. There’s a few more days covering Abraham and Moses in this plan because the Bible provides such a wealth of information on both men. Although the writer of Hebrews speaks in more general terms about the witnesses near the end of chapter 11, the section on “those who wandered in caves and dens… of whom the world was not worthy…” reminded me forcefully of John the Baptist who diligently prepared the way for Christ. It could refer to many others, including Elijah! I encourage you to find additional examples.
It could be today that your faith is lagging. It feels like your prayers are unheard. Maybe you’re just downright discouraged. Take some time with me this month to examine the testimony of those who ran this race of faith. Allow their testimony (and especially God’s faithfulness!) to reaffirm and reenergize you. These men and women did not get to see all of God’s plans come to fruition in their lifetimes, but now they rejoice eternally.
May you be encouraged to keep running the race of faith. It is my prayer that you will encourage and inspire someone to stay the course with your own testimony.
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