Daily Bible Podcast Day 196 – Isaiah 22-24, Hebrews 12

May 15, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ~Hebrews 12:1-3

The “therefore” refers back to the previous chapter about how the Old Testament heroes were revered for their faith. We are encouraged then, to persevere in like faith and to get rid of those things that would stop us from showing similar faith and obedience. This verse also implies that those who have come before us in the faith will be witnesses to our own faith.

Running is hard for me. It’s not something I really enjoy all that much or that I am good at. Jesus, though, was willing to endure immense hardship as part of His “race.” Any opposition I am likely to face will almost certainly be less than His, and I hope that I could be even a small part as faithful as He. The idea that those who have come before me are witnesses to the race I am running is sobering. I am not always running like someone who wants to “win.”

Father, I’m trying more and more to fix my eyes on Jesus as the “finish line.” Running is hard, though, so help me have the stamina to keep going, even when the finish line seems too far away. Help me to continue to throw off the sins and attitudes that are weighing me down. I’ll at least keep limping along.

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