Hebrews 12:1-2 – “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” NKJV
I remember a cousin giving me advice before I departed for boot camp and he said, “I was fearful of not making it but the more I thought about it the more I realized that if so many others had successfully gotten through that ordeal I could too.” That helped me more times than I can count in boot camp, Vietnam and life in general. The very fact that a host of others has successfully traveled the path inspires me that I can too.
Paul used the truth powerfully. He sought to inspire the hearts with the reality that others have walked the path before us. Because they have we should be careful to divest ourselves of all hindrances, develop patience and confidence in God’s promises and determine to endure or finish the course. We run, not without purpose but with our focus on the LORD Jesus who is that friend who will never leave or forsake us. He is the one that has gone before us to prepare a place for us. He has promised to return for us and allow us to join Him in that heavenly abode forever.
The confidence inspired by others successfully having achieved an objective is a powerful inspiration and reminder. There are things we must do to enhance our journey and propel us toward victory. Most of us have loved ones who have proceeded us having crossed over and their faith, lives, and commitment is an inspiration as is the desire to see them again. In life’s difficulties we can and should be reminded of the myriad of others who have faced similar circumstances and successfully defeated the enemy. As my cousin said, “If they can I can too!”
I would be remiss if I failed to note that it is not in our strength we run this race but in His. It is a biblical truth that we can DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens us. We are MORE THAN conquerors through Him. If God is for us who can be against us? Therefore, knowing that He has led multitudes through the twists and turns of life and successfully led them to victory we can rest in confidence that He will lead us as well.
May the Lord be with you as you go through this day!